City Council Hashed Out MMJ Regulations

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  City Council Hashed Out MMJ Regulations

Posted by CN Staff on March 03, 2010 at 09:00:45 PT
By Sara Michael, The Rocky Mountain Collegian 
Source: Rocky Mountain Collegian 

Fort Collins, CO -- City Council met before an overflowing chamber Tuesday night to discuss an ordinance outlining regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries and growers in Fort Collins. The proposed ordinance would prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries (MMDs) –– redefined by the council as medical marijuana businesses (MMBs) –– from operating within 1,000 feet of schools, churches and other MMBs. The ordinance would also force MMBs to restrict operating hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If the 1,000-foot limit is imposed, all but nine of the city’s 95 registered MMBs would be in violation. The council presented a map displaying those few areas in Fort Collins that would remain available for MMBs. Aislinn Kottwitz of District 3 and Lisa Poppaw of District 2 defended the proposal, while Kelly Ohlson of District 5 and Ben Manvel of District 1 both argued that the areas outlined were too restrictive. “We should come back and propose banning MMBs from Fort Collins entirely instead of trying to surreptitiously ban them by squeezing them out,” Ohlson said, sarcastically.If passed, the ordinance would forbid residents operating dispensaries from their homes from renewing their licenses after two years and prohibit them from growing or keeping cannabis in their homes.People supplying only to themselves or one other person would not be considered a dispensary, but would be limited to just one other customer and permitted only 12 plants, and six mature plants. Dispensary owners and residents came out in numbers to speak their minds on the proposed regulations.“I’d be on the streets without this new industry,” said CSU graduate Sam Leuschen, who works at a local dispensary. “We need to slow down, take our time and really look at these issues,” he said. “You’re not telling Walgreens what time to close.”“The risk to our families is just too great,” said Bob Powell, one of 35 other citizens who spoke at the event. Several parents and community members present echoed Powell’s sentiments.Alan Donagon, whose house sits across from a home dispensary, complained about the inconvenience to neighborhoods. “Who would want to buy our house with that across the street?” he said.Many dispensary owners, employees and patients seemed to feel misunderstood.“We aren’t nobodies,” dispensary operator Amanda Rose said. “We have degrees in horticulture. There are cultivation techniques, different strains … We know those things.”The council will have their second reading of the ordinance at their March 16 meeting. This reading will finalize the regulations from MMBs in Fort Collins.Source: Rocky Mountain Collegian, The (CO Edu)Author: Sara Michael, The Rocky Mountain Collegian Published: March 3, 2010Copyright: 2010 Rocky Mountain CollegianContact: news collegian.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #16 posted by dongenero on March 04, 2010 at 07:48:01 PT
comment #7
Well there you have it. The next time you need a second medical opinion, just ask a cop.Your health insurance probably won't cover your talking to another doctor anyway.
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Comment #15 posted by por1 on March 04, 2010 at 07:28:25 PT:
I dont see SB 1284
going very far.109 was yanked and this one is meeting the same opossition.I spent some time writing them all as I know many in this state are doing.I cant be in Denver for today but many are.
Estimated one hundred thousand card holders by summer wow!THey think its is out of control little do the know they never had any control.They seem to thing people are starting to use but in reality they are just coming out of the closset.How do smart people vote in such idiots
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Comment #14 posted by BGreen on March 04, 2010 at 07:06:45 PT
Reagan's Grandson? That's Perfect!
It's perfect because it's not Ron Reagan, Jr.'s son, it's that pompous, bombastic Rush "The Drugster" Limbaugh wanna-be Michael Reagan's son.One of America's biggest enemies, Michael Reagan, gets to see HIS family screwed over by the f'd up legal system he and his stupid daddy helped create.Sometimes I just have a hard time feeling ANY sympathy or empathy for people who brought it upon themselves.If it wasn't for Ron Reagan, Jr., that's one family I could easily not care one iota about.Cameron Reagan, I'd suggest you ask Uncle Ron for help. Your daddy and grandpa have already shown by their actions that you are dead to them.Reciprocity, it's not only a bitch, it's also sometimes pretty humorous, too.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #13 posted by The GCW on March 03, 2010 at 21:17:22 PT
Just Say NO?
Ronald Reagan Grandson Wanted on Pot Charge judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of former U.S. president Ronald Reagan's grandson for failing to answer a charge of marijuana possession.CONT.
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Comment #12 posted by The GCW on March 03, 2010 at 20:08:17 PT
UPdate DOWNdate
US CO: Medical marijuana bill changes during negotiations
 Webpage: 3 Mar 2010Source: Summit Daily News (CO)"Patients would give up their right to grow their own marijuana if they purchase pot at a dispensary""""...and no one could possess medical marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school or a daycare center.Brian Vicente, the executive director of Sensible Colorado, a medical marijuana patients' group, said that could stop people from using medical marijuana in their own homes."-0-Prohibitionists have got to be kidding.
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on March 03, 2010 at 18:14:37 PT

Colorado Medical Marijuana Bill Up for Vote

March 3, 2010Lawmakers are willing to let dispensaries operate for profit but want to know where pot is coming from.Denver, CO -- Lawmakers who want to regulate the state's growing medical marijuana industry are now willing to let dispensaries operate for profit. But they still want to make sure the state can keep tabs on where their pot is coming from.The modified proposed regulations are up for their first vote at the Capitol on Thursday. They were worked out in negotiations with dispensaries and patient advocates over the last month but no one is completely satisfied with them.Patient groups think the bill goes too far in limiting the rights of patients. They say a provision banning possession near schools could prevent people from using medical pot in their homes.Law enforcement interests oppose the bill because they say it gives legitimacy to dispensaries.Copyright: 2010 Associated PressURL:
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on March 03, 2010 at 17:25:28 PT

James Crosby
That is good news. Thank you for the link to the video.
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Comment #9 posted by James Crosby on March 03, 2010 at 17:10:00 PT:

Check out this news video about the recent court case in California. It's a huge ruling.. We win!
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Comment #8 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on March 03, 2010 at 16:57:50 PT

"a team of law enforcement officials"
"Aldridge says he simply didn't know enough about the issue and invited some experts to join the talk."So, I imagine when the Senator gets sick, instead of seeing a doctor, his crack team of LEOs tells him what to do.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on March 03, 2010 at 15:34:12 PT

Video: Medical Marijuana in OK
March 3, 2010Excerpt: Denise recently made a trip to the state capitol to discuss legalizing medical marijuana with her state senator.She wanted to show him legislation drafted by a pro medical marijuana group called Oklahoma Compassionate Care Campaign."I feel very much like I was ambushed when I went in there," Stahl said.The senator and a team of law enforcement officials were waiting for her on that day."I didn't mean to ambush her. I don't feel like she was, but if she felt that way then I apologize for that," said Sen. Cliff Aldridge (R).URL:,0,4726019.story?track=rss
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Comment #6 posted by Storm Crow on March 03, 2010 at 15:33:19 PT

Drug Stores......
They sell pharmaceuticals that are FAR more dangerous and addicting than cannabis! Yet, they do not have to refrain from operating within 1,000 feet of schools, churches and other drug stores, nor are they restricted operating hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Why don't people protest THEM? They dispense chemicals that can cause fatal overdoses and serious side effects. Nor are liquor stores that sell a potentially fatal product restricted in such a fashion! Ours are open until 2 AM- I wish that they WOULD close at 8PM! We might have fewer alcohol-related fatalities! I haven't noticed restrictions like this on tobacco shops either(and again, a lethal product is being sold)! 
 Dang! When are they going to get their heads out of the 1930s? It's a PLANT- not a dangerous drug!And it is LOVELY to see more sanity breaking out in Hawaii! 
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on March 03, 2010 at 13:13:56 PT

Comment 4 Hawaii
That sounds good. I like those overwhelming votes. It's much nicer when sanity overwhelms insanity. Now if it goes as well in the State House... things will definitely be that much better, saner, and safer in Hawaii and we'll all move forward another teeny tiny step.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on March 03, 2010 at 13:06:35 PT

Press Release From MPP
Hawaii Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Three Bills to Improve Marijuana Laws***Measures would expand state’s medical marijuana law and reduce the penalty for possession of one ounce to a civil fine.***Honolulu, Hawaii - March 3 - Yesterday, the Hawaii Senate passed by overwhelming, veto-proof margins three measures that will greatly improve marijuana laws in the state:· SB 2213 passed 20-4, with one excused. This bill would allow counties to license medical marijuana dispensaries.· SB 2141 passed 24-1. This bill would increase the ratio of plants, ounces and caregivers allowed for each medical marijuana patient.· SB 2450 passed 22-3. This bill would remove criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine of up to $300 for a first offense and $500 for a subsequent offense.The bills now go to the state House."These votes show that Hawaii's Senate supports sensible marijuana policies that will serve the best interests of state citizens," said Eric M. McDaniel, a legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project. "Hawaii's most vulnerable citizens deserve safe and reliable access to their medicine, and no Hawaiian deserves to go to jail simply for using a substance that is safer than alcohol. If House members agree, I would strongly encourage them to pass these measures as well."The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii, headed by Pamela Lichty and Jeanne Ohta, and the Peaceful Sky Alliance, headed by Matt Rifkin, played crucial roles in getting these measures through the Senate.Copyright: 2010 CommonDreams.orgURL:
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on March 03, 2010 at 13:03:46 PT

“The risk to our families is just too great,”
Oh no! Somebody still has a flaming case of reefer madness.Are they scared to have convenience stores or banks near their homes? They probably should be.
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Comment #2 posted by tintala on March 03, 2010 at 11:40:36 PT:

There are alot of ppl who would by a house due to a liquor store or pharmacy next to the house, that just goes without even thinking, oh but there is a liquor store on every corner and no one cares about that.. hmmm. think people!
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on March 03, 2010 at 10:11:50 PT

Hashed Out?
Oh, you guys are so funny, not! Making fun of your fellow human beings who are suffering.Give 'em hell Mason!
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