Medical marijuana protest at Capitol today -- even though advocate says lawmakers haven't been listening

Today, House Bill 1284, Representative Tom Massey's long-awaited measure intended to regulate the medical marijuana industry in Colorado, will finally get its closeup at the Capitol. And the folks at the Cannabis Therapy Institute are ready to weigh in with their objections.

CTI is urging supporters to attend a rally on the Capitol steps beginning at noon, with featured speakers including advocates such as attorney Rob Corry, would-be gubernatorial candidate Miguel Lopez, and Robert Chase, founder of the Colorado Coalition for Patients and Caregivers, who earlier this week demanded the recall of Denver City Council members due to the medical marijuana ordinance they passed.

The institute is also encouraging the medical marijuana community to participate in public comments in regard to the Massey bill, even though CTI's Laura Kriho concedes that such folks "should be losing morale" because legislators haven't shown much interest in listening to them.

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