Colorado lawmakers look at clubs and caps

 

Last update: April 27, 2017

 

Early in the legislative session, lawmakers introduced a large number of marijuana-related bills, each aimed at fine-tuning either the medical cannabis or adult-use programs in various ways. While most offer incremental changes to existing laws or rules, some would make more significant changes.

One such bill is SB 184, which would clearly authorize local governments to license on-site consumption clubs. Unfortunately, the law would be highly restrictive if passed — club members would have to supply their own marijuana, and such locations could not sell food or drink — calling into question how useful or viable such locations would be. The better approach, SB 63, would have allowed on-site consumption at locations that are also licensed for cannabis sales, but the bill did not advance before a key deadline and is now likely dead.

Another significant bill this year is HB 1220, which would cap the total number of plants that may be grown per household to 12. Regulators and law enforcement have argued that because some medical marijuana patients may currently grow up to 99 plants, diversion into the underground market is at risk. Some patients are concerned this limitation would increase the cost of medical cannabis products. Slightly different forms of the bill have passed both houses, but the two chambers have not yet worked out the differences between their two versions.

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Families find hope high in the Rocky Mountains

 

In the summer of 2013, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta released a documentary about medical marijuana called Weed, featuring a CBD-rich cannabis oil that could save lives. The oil successfully treated seizures caused by intractable epilepsy, which sometimes occur hundreds of times per day. Soon, more than a hundred families flocked to Colorado, most with a child suffering from similar seizures. They called themselves “medical refugees,” and Colorado’s medical cannabis was their last hope.

If you or someone you know would like to become a registered medical marijuana patient in Colorado, please visit the Department of Public Health and Environment’s website for a list of frequently asked questions, application information, and materials.