Senator Chris Romer's still tinkering with his latest medical marijuana bill.
Senator Chris Romer's still tinkering with his latest medical marijuana bill.

Read the latest amendments to Senator Chris Romer's bill about relationship between doctors and medical marijuana patients

Senator Chris Romer withdrew his initial bill to regulate the state's medical marijuana industry in favor of one with a narrower focus -- specifically the relationship between doctors and MM patients. Yesterday, attorney Rob Corry sent his line-by-line dissection of the package to legislators -- yet Romer is still tinkering with it in advance of its planned introduction tomorrow, as witnessed by his latest compendium of tweaks, rewrites and additions.

The entire documents are accessible here and the second here -- and the longest passages pertain to "Revocation and surrender of patient identification card upon criminal conviction" and "Patients age eighteen to twenty-one" -- a particular concern to Romer, who thinks many licensed individuals in this range don't really need medical help and are simply looking for a way to smoke weed legally. Here are the key passages:

Revocation and surrender of patient identification card upon criminal conviction. ANY PATIENT WHO IS CONVICTED OF A CRIMINAL OFFENSE UNDER ARTICLE 18 OF TITLE 18, C.R.S. [The Uniform Controlled Substance Act of 1992], SENTENCED OR ORDERED BY A COURT TO DRUG OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT, OR SENTENCED TO THE DIVISION OF YOUTH CORRECTIONS SHALL IMMEDIATELY SURRENDER HIS OR HER PATIENT REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARD TO THE COURT, WHICH CARD SHALL BE NULL AND VOID UPON CONVICTION OR SENTENCING; HOWEVER, A PATIENT WHO SURRENDERS HIS OR HER REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARD PURSUANT TO THIS SUBSECTION (5) MAY APPLY TO THE COURT WITH JURISDICTION OVER THE CRIMINAL MATTER AND UPON A FINDING BY THE COURT THAT IT IS IN THE PATIENT'S BEST MEDICAL INTEREST AND THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE MAY ORDER THAT A PATIENT'S REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION CARD BE REISSUED AND REINSTATED. {This provision does not implicate the patient-physician relationship, so it may not fit under the title.}

Patients age eighteen to twenty-one. A PATIENT WHO IS BETWEEN EIGHTEEN AND TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE WHO APPLIES TO BE PLACED ON THE CONFIDENTIAL REGISTRY OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS SHALL PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA USE FROM TWO SEPARATE PHYSICIANS WHO ADVISED THE PATIENT AT SEPARATE APPOINTMENTS. THE DOCUMENTATION SHALL PROVIDE THAT THE PHYSICIANS DIAGNOSED THE PATIENT WITH A DEBILITATING MEDICAL CONDITION AND ADVISED THE PATIENT THAT THE PATIENT MIGHT BENEFIT FROM THE MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEBILITATING MEDICAL CONDITION.

Corry will likely have something to say about both of these segments tomorrow during a period set aside for commentary about the bill. According to an e-mail exchange between him and Romer, the attorney will likely testify sometime after 10:30 a.m. and be granted ten-to-twelve minutes to make his points -- considerably longer than the three minutes most speakers are expected to have. Romer writes: "If you are going to challenge parts or all of SB109, you want to lay down your case if possible."

Expect that he will.

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