Marijuana

Rob Corry calls latest Tom Massey-Chris Romer medical marijuana bill a "multi-layered bureaucratic monstrosity"

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As before, Corry dissects the measure (click here to read it) one line at a time, and in tremendous detail. Among his claims -- at least one portion of the bill is "blatantly unconstitutional," while another constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

Page through below to check out all of Corry's argument:

Dear Representative Massey and Senator Romer:

Thank you for requesting that I provide you a detailed critique of your bill, HB 10-1284, introduced as a "Regulate Medical Marijuana" bill. I enjoyed Representative Massey's debate last week against my wife Jessica Corry Esq. at Colorado Christian University. As someone who argues with Mrs. Corry on a daily basis, I certainly sympathized. But this time, she is right and you are wrong.

HB 1284 is a 45-page "big government" multi-layered bureaucratic monstrosity that would make any Soviet apparatchik proud. It is inconsistent with "limited government" principles Rep. Massey's says he favors, and with American notions of freedom and free enterprise. In reading through this bill, I was struck by a sense of déjà vu. This bill is worse than Senator Romer's initial proposal that he wisely pulled the day after I submitted a detailed line-by line analysis of it. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-romer/colorado-medicalmarijuan_b_417488.html Sen. Romer: "So my attempts to bring medical marijuana out of the shadows through a complex regulatory structure are now over.")

HB 1284's complex regulatory structure cannot be supported by any patient, caregiver, or compassionate Colorado voter who voted "yes" on Amendment 20, now codified as a constitutional right in Article XVIII § 14 of the Colorado Constitution you swore to uphold.

Colorado has nothing to fear from an active, economically viable, medical marijuana industry bringing relief to suffering patients. We understand that some rogue DEA agents are somehow able to muster intense hatred against the theoretical concept of a disabled Vietnam veteran in a wheelchair sitting alone in his basement gaining some small relief from a plant, but public "servants" such as these should be ignored in the formulation of public policy. And make no mistake: the Five Patient Limit you propose was first proposed by the DEA, according to sworn court testimony of State officials in a 2007 lawsuit I successfully brought against Governor Ritter and the Colorado Department of Health challenging the Five Patient Limit.

On a personal note, I appreciate our collegial and respectful interaction and look forward to our scheduled lunch on February 26, 2010, but diplomacy is no replacement for substance. My clients who live with disabilities do not value compromise for its own sake. My clients' lives literally depend on their access to medical marijuana, and we will fight in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, against any government proposal or enactment that would restrict supply, as would HB 1284.

Your bill would reduce the selection and quality of this organic medicine, driving most of the supply back to the dangerous (un-taxable) criminal underground. The community is already improving quality and supply without government "assistance."

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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