Draft of Colorado Pot Rules is a 90-Page Tome
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Draft of Colorado Pot Rules is a 90-Page Tome
Posted by CN Staff on December 07, 2010 at 06:22:09 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- Medical-marijuana advocates and government representatives on Monday hammered out the final details of proposed new rules that would give Colorado the most comprehensive seed-to-sale cannabis business regulations in the nation.The rules would govern everything: how state officials regulate marijuana cultivation; how dispensary owners keep track of their sales; what makers of marijuana-infused pastries should put on their labels. Several of the rules would place Colorado in unprecedented territory — for instance, requiring marijuana growers to install security cameras through which state auditors could remotely monitor their crop.
Others would take action on areas of long-standing concern, including inventory-control rules designed to prevent medical marijuana from leaking into the black market."This is a historic moment," said Norton Arbelaez, the owner of the River Rock Wellness Center and the chair of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group. "We are taking huge steps here in normalizing marijuana laws."The rules, which take up more than 90 pages, are in draft form and could change. They can't be adopted until after formal rule-making hearings, which could take place as early as next month and at which the public could offer comments.The drafts were put together during more than 60 hours of meetings by the state Department of Revenue's medical-marijuana rules work group, a collection of state officials, law-enforcement officers, local government representatives and medical-marijuana business owners and patients."When we actually get to the hearing, there should be very little surprise out there," said Matt Cook, the Revenue Department official who oversees medical-marijuana business enforcement. "There should at least be common knowledge as to where the industry is heading."The proposed rules, which grew out of laws passed last year in the legislature, aim for thoroughness. Dispensary owners must catalog every plant they grow and then weigh it at various steps of the production process to create a trail state auditors can follow. At sale, they must list any chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides they used during cultivation. The rules would also establish the nation's first regulations for making hash — a form of concentrated marijuana — and would spell out how dispensaries can transport their products or make changes to their business structure.Medical-marijuana advocates raised concerns with some of the rules. Jason Lauve, a medical-marijuana patient, said he worries rules that allow for the tracking of individual purchases could invade patient privacy. Arbelaez, who is a member of the rules work group, took issue with the so-called "7 0/30" rule, which requires dispensaries to grow 70 percent of what they sell. As currently written, the rule could lead to surplus marijuana that dispensaries couldn't sell, he said.But Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden, who is also a work group member and who has expressed skepticism of the medical-marijuana industry in the past, said he was surprised at how much collaboration there was."Our charge," he said, "has been to make it work."Source: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: December 7, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on December 07, 2010 at 14:04:49 PT
R.I.P Elizabeth Edwards
I will never forget her activism and poise in times of trouble.
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Comment #9 posted by b4daylight on December 07, 2010 at 12:07:25 PT
"There should at least be common knowledge as to where the industry is heading."Yep red tape bondage. This is the reason why people had to do the politician's job in the first place.
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on December 07, 2010 at 11:02:15 PT
Only a few things recently have gotten me angry and this is one of them. We watched Jesse Ventura on his show and it was about our water supply. A man named T Boone Pickens has bought up a lot of land over a massive aquifer in Texas so he can control and sell the water.T. Boone Pickens in TexasThe notorious oilman has acquired land overlying the Ogallala aquifer and wants to pump and sell as much as 200,000 acre-feet of groundwater annually to one of Texas’ metropolitan centers.
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Comment #7 posted by dongenero on December 07, 2010 at 10:34:48 PT
big government
Looks like the tea-bagger minded politicians found some big government intrusion they can get behind after all. Not that it's a surprise.Kind of funny to imagine a bunch a bureaucrats writing rules on cultivation and hashish making processes. As if they know anything about it. Maybe they should label our food supply with every fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide that was used. Oh right, industrial food suppliers have wealthy lobbyists to pay off politicians so that doesn't happen.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on December 07, 2010 at 10:18:46 PT
Forgot The Song Link
Save Some Time To Dream
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on December 07, 2010 at 10:17:36 PT
Video From ABC News
Cooking With ... Marijuana? Cookbook A Sign of Changing AttitudesDecember 7, 2010Experts Say Pot Industry Growing Because of Acceptance of Medical MarijuanaLike so many other cookbook authors, Sandy Moriarty included recipes for a variety of foods, including desserts, appetizers and entrees."I'm known for my very potent cannabutter," said the 58-year-old Moriarty. Cannabutter, she explained, is butter mixed with marijuana and is used as the main ingredient in many of the recipes in her Aunt Sandy's Medical Marijuana Cookbook.URL:
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on December 07, 2010 at 09:42:00 PT
OT: Save Some Time To Dream
We recorded Letterman last night and John Mellencamp performed this song. It's a wonderful song for the holiday season. Enjoy!John Mellencamp - "Save Some Time To Dream" 12/6 Letterman
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Comment #3 posted by por1 on December 07, 2010 at 08:00:52 PT
try this link sorry
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Comment #2 posted by por1 on December 07, 2010 at 07:58:36 PT
driving it back underground
Here in Colorado we are seeing the effects of the new rules already.Top shelf at a center is 50 and eighth and 45 for members.I know a street dealer who sells some of the best around for 35 to anyone he knows.Hmmm Check out this link and tell me they are not going to create criminals out of pataints.I think that is what they want.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on December 07, 2010 at 07:41:15 PT
the rules
Sounds like they've perfected Orwell's 1984 to me.The intent, obviously, is not to "make it work" but to cripple medical MJ through stifling bureaucratic requirements.Consider that growers of medical cannabis - a non-toxic herb - must list every single pesticide and have grow-cams. Meanwhile, most of Big Pharma's pills are made in China, and are not even forced to disclose what non-active ingredients are in there. Try to even find out whether your pills are made in China or not - of course pills and OTC pills are exempt from displaying where they were manufactured (like all other consumer goods).Are there cameras at the OxyContin factory? I think not. These rules are designed to preserve and maintain the underground market. Many medical patients will simply ignore the whole thing and grow illegally. Similar to Maine, where legislators mandating registering with the state, I would imagine most small-time Maine growing patients will stay underground in response.
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