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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Appeals Court: Caregiver Must Do More Than Provide Pot

The Denver Post
The Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld the marijuana cultivation conviction of a Longmont woman, ruling that a person designated as a medical marijuana "caregiver" must do more than just supply the drug to patients.
In a special concurring opinion, Judge Alan Loeb wrote that Colorado's consitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana "cries out for legislative action."
The case involved a woman named Stacy Clendenin, who in 2006 was charged with cultivating marijuana in a Longmont home.
Clendenin argued that the marijuana she grew in the home was then distributed to authorized patients through marijuana dispensaries.
But the appeals court ruled that simply knowing that the end user of marijuana is a patient is not enough. Instead, the court said, a care-giver authorized to grow marijuana must actually know the patients who use it.
"We conclude that to qualify as a 'primary care-giver' a person must do more than merely supply a patient who has a debilitating medical condition with marijuana," the court ruled.

The ruling, if upheld on appeal, could change the process now in place to supply the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in Colorado — if the Colorado Legislature doesn't restrict it first.
Attorney General John Suthers applauded the decision.

"I am pleased to see the Court of Appeals' has provided legal support for our case that a caregiver, under Amendment 20, must do more than simply provide marijuana to a patient," Suthers said. "I also was pleased to see the assertion in the special concurrence that Amendment 20 'cries out for legislative action.' I could not agree more. I hope the legislature will act and create a regulatory framework that gives substance to the Court of Appeals' findings."


Anonymous said...

May be we should apply this ruling to drug manufacturers who make prescription drugs, like Vicodin, Percocet, and Valium. The illegal use of prescription drugs is much more harmful then using marijuana.

Unknown said...

What else are the "caregivers" supposed to do besides supply marijuana to legally authorized users? Are they supposed to also rub their ouchies, or hold their hair out of the way while they throw up from chemo, or what? I do not understand. They are not supposed to be doctors. What else could their responsibilities ppossibly include? This sounds totally ignorant to me.