Under Colorado's new laws, dispensary owners can't have recent felony convictions for any crime, or drug-related felony convictions ever. But the state doesn't seem as picky in other areas, as evidenced by the health department's pick of Ken Weaver, a Texas felon, to represent patients on the Medical Marijuana Registry Advisory Committee.
"In the Weeds: Why Did the Colorado Health Department Put a Texas Felon on its Pot Advisory Committee?," written by Joel Warner, documents that Weaver did time in Texas for stealing cars and a plane. He did his time twenty years ago -- which would technically make him eligible to run a dispensary. But his non-criminal record should have been enough to warn off the state. Weaver's assorted sins include falsifying his resume, and running a power company that racked up a record number of complaints from consumers.
This is the kind of person the state wants to represent MMJ patients? People who've already had to put up with months-long waits to get their cards, not to mention the illnesses and aches that made them patients in the first place?
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The first meeting of the advisory committee is this morning. Westword will be there.