Could as many as 175,000 Colorado citizens lose their jobs based on a single court case? That's the contention of attorney Michael Evans, who believes every state-legal medical marijuana patient would be at risk of dismissal depending on the outcome of an appeal involving Brandon Coats, a paralyzed ... More >>
The Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division is in dire financial straits. However, Representative Beth McCann of Denver says she has a plan for medical marijuana patients to bail out the MMED using leftover money they paid to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Today, eleven organizations associated with medical marijuana, including trade associations and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, have sent an open letter to U.S. Attorney John Walsh. How does Sensible Colorado's Brian Vicente describe the message at the heart of the document, on view ... More >>
On March 22, two doctors practicing in northern Colorado were arrested by the Larimer County Sheriff's Office on charges of writing false medical marijuana prescriptions for undercover officers. If the charges against them are true, does that make them typical of MMJ physicians? Or the exceptions?
Yesterday, voters in the communities of Lyons, Fruita and Crawford voted about whether to allow medical marijuana retail sales -- and the results were mixed. Lyons okayed dispensaries, while Crawford and Fruita nixed them even though neither is home to such a business at this time.
Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett recently took issue with U.S. Attorney John Walsh's closure-threat letters to medical marijuana centers within 1,000 feet of schools. After Garnett sent a letter of his own on the topic, a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman told us Walsh would respond directly to ... More >>
Update:This week, Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney John Walsh asking him not to send seizure threats to any Boulder medical marijuana dispensaries conforming to state and local land use regulations. When asked about the note, Walsh's spokesman said his boss woul ... More >>
On Monday, a Senate committee passed a THC-driving limits bill that's broader than one that fell short last year. As Senator Morgan Carroll noted here yesterday, the proposal establishes zero tolerance for any Schedule I or Schedule II drugs, including many prescription medications. Cannabis activis ... More >>
The private information of as many as two dozen medical marijuana patients was improperly handled, according to 7News. The John Ferrugia report claims that "sensitive information in the medical marijuana registry, including names, dates of births and Social Security numbers" were sent out via mail, ... More >>
Steve King.Senator Steve King's proposed THC driving bill, which would set an intoxication standard of five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood for medical marijuana patients and a zero-tolerance level for non-patients, is up for discussion on Monday. And opponents are gearing up for a ... More >>
For the first time in six months, Colorado medical marijuana patient registry numbers have gone up -- albeit by a very small amount. After a long delay between updates, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment finally released medical marijuana patient registry stats from Dec ... More >>
The rumor going around the medical cannabis community that all seed sales have been suspended is not true. However, state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division officials admit that they aren't quite sure how to regulate that part of the industry.
For the second year in a row, venerable pro-pot publication High Times will be hosting the Denver Medical Cannabis Cup at the Exdo Event Center. This time, the festivities fall on the annual 4/20 stoner holiday weekend.
Update:After the announcement that Budding Health medical marijuana centers are unionizing, we reached out to the Cannabis Business Association, whose president, Bob Hoban, had said last year it was premature to mandate labor pacts in such a young industry. We've now spoken to Shawn Coleman, interim ... More >>
At 11 a.m. today, a rally will take place outside President Barack Obama's local campaign headquarters. But the participants won't be calling for his reelection -- at least not yet. Instead, the charter members of the Patient Voter Project, made up of numerous prominent marijuana advocates, will be ... More >>
For months, Senator Pat Steadman has been talking about the need for a credit union for the medical marijuana industry. But yesterday, a proposed bill that could have paved the way for such an institution died in committee, leaving Steadman to wonder if the state can provide a solution to the MMJ in ... More >>
Last week, we told you about a court ruling that bans medical marijuana patients from using cannabis while on probation. The decision was praised in a Denver Post editorial, but George Yingling, the attorney who represented Leonard Charles Watkins, the man at the center of the case, believes it was ... More >>
www.ednewscolorado.orgOver the last four years, drug violations at Colorado K-12 schools have increased by roughly 45 percent. And according to a report shared by Education News Colorado about the issue, the rise can be squarely attributed to medical marijuana dispensaries.
The Colorado Court of Appeals has weighed in on the question of whether a medical marijuana patient can smoke while completing a probationary sentence that specifically nixes drug use. The judges' answer in a decision on view below? A resounding "no" justified in part by references to the case of Ja ... More >>
According to keynote speaker and DU prof Sam Kamin, "Marijuana at the Crossroads," a Sturm College of Law symposium that starts tomorrow (see the schedule below), aims to get beyond the usual pot palaver. Sample subject: Are attorneys breaking their professional oath simply by specializing in medic ... More >>
U.S. Attorney John Walsh's seizure letters to 23 dispensaries near schools -- and his promise that he's not bluffing -- has led to protests from national organizations like Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). Now, local groups are staging a Medical Marijuana Day of Action, which includes a l ... More >>
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is the country's most powerful cannabis advocacy organization, and it's long had a close link to Colorado, which hosted its 40th anniversary conference last year. But relations between NORML and Colorado's medical marijuana community ... More >>
Last week, U.S. Attorney John Walsh sent letters to 23 medical marijuana dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools, threatening seizure if they don't close by next month -- an act that caused centers to scramble for scarce new locations and made some owners consider shutting down for good. Ag ... More >>
As one of the authors of California's Proposition 215, which sanctioned medical cannabis for the first time in the United States, as well as several legal handbooks, Michael Malott has a unique perspective on the medical marijuana laws that have been passed since. And he's just published a book tha ... More >>
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has finally started denying and rejecting the 4,200 medical marijuana patients who were evaluated by a physician assistants and have been waiting for as long as four months for an answer. And as if the delay so far wasn't bad enough, many pat ... More >>
From regulations changing and shops being raided, to pizza delivery guys calling the cops on tokers, it has been an interesting year for medical marijuana in Colorado. Below is our top ten list of Westword's most popular marijuana stories of 2011 as well as links to the original posts.
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services is about to give exclusive rights to the government-owned patent on marijuana to a single pharmaceutical company based in New York -- a state that doesn't even recognize medical marijuana as a valid therapy.Think that's unfair, fellow Colorado m ... More >>
By mid-January, as many as 4,200 potential medical marijuana patients will be told they are as much to blame for a "fraudulent" MMJ application as the doctor who signed off on a physician assistant's evaluation of that patient. The punishment? Waiting six months before they can apply again fo ... More >>
You're a medical marijuana patient, and a police officer pulls you over and says he smells pot. So you immediately show him your ID card and talk about how long it's been since you've medicated. Smart move? Not according to ex-judge Leonard Frieling, who says this approach will likely result ... More >>
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced last week that as many as 4,000 medical marijuana patient applications and renewals were being held up in order "to ensure patients and physicians are within guidelines." Despite the CDPHE's vagueness, we've learned that many ... More >>
Unlike so many patients stuck in medical marijuana limbo, I received my red card in the mail this week -- 29 days from the date I sent my information and a check for $90 to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. It was postmarked a week after it was issued, which could be the faul ... More >>
Pat Steadman.Love some wake-and-bake continental breakfast with a little marijuana politics on a Saturday morning? You're in luck. Senator Pat Steadman will be speaking tomorrow at the new offices of the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of America (MMAPA) for the nonprofit's open-house b ... More >>
Crank bugs, illustrated.The Colorado Meth Project, which has been scaring the crap out of children since 2009, is back with -- you guessed it! -- some more scary stuff. Along with seven other states that have programs funded by the national Meth Project Foundation, it's launched a new online ... More >>
A year ago, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was so backlogged with medical-marijuana license applications that patients had to wait as long as eight months after filing paperwork before they got their red cards. And now, as this bubble of patients rises to the surfac ... More >>
John Suthers.At noon today, Mason Tvert and other Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act backers will stage an event at Attorney General John Suthers's office. Why? Suthers feels a letter by (outgoing?) Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division head Dan Hartman published in places mulling MMJ retai ... More >>
Dan Hartman.Update: We've now received a response from Department of Revenue spokesman Mark Couch regarding persistent reports from multiple medical marijuana industry sources that Dan Hartman will depart as director of the state's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division at day's end. Couch's ... More >>
After nearly four months, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (finally) updated its medical marijuana stats page yesterday. And although the latest information is from August, it does hint at a slight decline over the last two months in the number of people holding a red ... More >>
Mark Belkin.The conflict between federal and state laws present a challenge to the medical marijuana industry, as last week's DEA raid on the Cherry Top Farms dispensary demonstrates. But there's also growing institutional acceptance, illustrated by today's press conference announcing the uni ... More >>
Last week, medical cannabis testing facility Full Spectrum Labs shut its doors indefinitely, citing a lack of a state license to operate. But that news came as a surprise to Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division spokeswoman Julie Postlethwait, who says the lab could have remained open.
At first, medical marijuana patient Jason Beinor thought losing a court fight over unemployment benefits withheld from him because he failed a drug test was no big deal. But it now looks as if his case could hold the key to cementing MMJ rights in Colorado -- or not. Which is why Beinor's lawyer is ... More >>
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent out a memo last week clarifying their stance that a sportsman with a shotgun and a medical marijuana card is no different than a cocaine dealer with a silenced TEC-9.
In the fall of 2009, local officials looked around and suddenly discovered that the medical marijuana business was booming in Denver. In fact, it might have been the city's only growth industry at the time. The national media discovered the story, too -- and when Westword advertised for a med ... More >>
Do medical marijuana dispensaries make neighborhoods safer? That's the conclusion of a study by the RAND Corporation, which counters the widespread perception that MMJ businesses attract crime.
Organic AlternativesIn July, a group called Concerned Fort Collins Citizens petitioned the city to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries, and their effort was a success. Now, voters will be asked to approve a ban on November 1 -- and to help fight this effort, Citizens For Safer Neighborhoo ... More >>
Last November, voters in Windsor outlawed medical marijuana dispensaries -- and as a result, In Harmony Wellness was forced to close this past May. But despite being forbidden to sell cannabis, the business is back as a patient resource center. Today, its owners are staging an open house to r ... More >>
Kathleen Chippi.On June 30, Kathleen Chippi and supporters filed a lawsuit claiming that medical marijuana regulations violate the state constitution, which made MMJ legal in Colorado. Now, the state has responded by arguing in part that patients don't have a fundamental right to use medical ... More >>
Breckenridge is known as one of the most pot-friendly cities in the pot-friendly state of Colorado. But that doesn't mean opening up a medical marijuana dispensary in town is cheap. Licensing costs there could potentially be more than double the amount charged in Denver, which critics often ... More >>
Despite rumors that state licenses wouldn't be issued until next year at the earliest, several medical marijuana clinic owners in the mountains say they have reached the final stages of the application process and are within weeks of getting the final okay from the Medical Marijuana Enforceme ... More >>
Yesterday, the Drug Policy Task Force met to consider THC driving limits. The DUID-marijuana working group studying the subject couldn't agree on a proposal last week, and Task Force member Senator Pat Steadman thinks its inability to do so may prevent THC-driving legislation from being bless ... More >>
Boulder may have a reputation as the Weed Capitol of the United States, but the city's medical marijuana center licensing requirements are arguably tougher than Denver's. And they could get even more stringent if city council passes an MMJ advertising proposal it'll mull over tonight.