Comment of the Day

Reader: Medical marijuana database's police access should spur dispensary boycott

Our posts featuring takes on a medical marijuana database proposal from Cannabis Therapy Insistute's Laura Kriho and Coloradans for Medical Marijuana Regulation's Betty Aldworth prompted some lively conversations. Consider this reaction from one reader ready to just say no to MMJ centers.

Respect My Authoritah writes:

Boycott MMC's.

Fairly simple and useful in self-preservation. It is fairly evident to me that continuing to use MMC's may put me at risk from the state and federal government. I will not consent to 24/7 video surveillance and fingerprinting every time I want to purchase my medicine at MMC's. I will not assist the state law enforcement in creating a database of purchases that are illegal under federal law. Kinda like shooting fish in a barrel. Not ever.

Why would anyone continue to use a MMC?

Amendment 20 guarantees the confidentiality of the MMJ patient list with the CDPHE. Nothing the legislators do or want or think can change that. And certainly a law enforcement database is unconstitutional.

Politicians and law enforcement, not patients, are writing the rules and regulations. Look at HB1284. Groups like CMMR are lobbying arms of the MMC's. Everyone is blinded by dollars signs. Money should not trump patient rights but it does in Colorado in 2010.

What other industry is subject to such random requirements? Do bars and liquor stores have to fingerprint their customers? Don't they want to track people who buy too many drinks at one bar, then walk down the street to another bar and start a new tab? Do pharmacies have to produce 70% of their own pills? Why do MMC's have to produce 70% of their own? It is based on an arbitrary decision of a politician. Why not 80%? or 100%? or 0%?

As a result, I will return to getting my medicine from the huge underground here in Colorado. Like I did prior to getting my red card several years ago. I currently spend a few hundred dollars a month at MMC's. I will lose the ability to use my debit card to pay for medicine. But cash has been king for decades before Amendment 20. And now the state will not be getting any tax from my purchases.

Well done legislators.

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