Colo. Governor Signs Changes To Sweeping Pot Rules
function share_this(num) {
 tit=encodeURIComponent('Colo. Governor Signs Changes To Sweeping Pot Rules');
 site = new Array(5);
 return false;

Colo. Governor Signs Changes To Sweeping Pot Rules
Posted by CN Staff on June 02, 2011 at 18:23:02 PT
By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press
Source: Seattle Times
Denver -- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law several changes to the nation's most exhaustive medical marijuana regulations Thursday, even as governors in other medical marijuana states steer clear because of questions about whether federal authorities will permit states to violate federal drug law.Hickenlooper, a Democrat, signed the measure late in the afternoon without public notice or explanation. The new law extends by one year - until summer 2012 - a moratorium on new pot shops.
The law also loosens residency requirements for people working in dispensaries and sets up a new caregiver registry in which small home-growers who raise pot for up to five patients will have to tell the state where their plants are kept.Colorado's new pot law was signed hours after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder promised to clarify the Justice Department's position on state medical marijuana laws. Federal attorneys in Colorado and other marijuana states have warned state authorities that they're putting state employees at risk of federal drug prosecutions when they regulate marijuana, which is illegal under federal law.Late last week, Arizona authorities sued the Justice Department seeking clarification on state marijuana laws. And in April, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed parts of a bill to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries after receiving the federal warning.Hickenlooper has not reacted to the warning he received in April, and a spokesman for the governor had no immediate explanation for the reasons behind the bill signing. The law was included in a list of new laws sent without comment, and they were signed without public notification.Hickenlooper also signed into law a bill setting labeling standards for edible cannabis products such as pot brownies. He also signed a ban on chemicals used to produce synthetic marijuana, often called Spice or K2.A marijuana activist who favors legalization blasted Hickenlooper for signing the marijuana regulations Thursday. Robert Chase, founder of the Colorado Coalition of Caregivers & Patients, said state lawmakers and the governor are foolish to think they're allowed to regulate a federally banned substance."It has become clear in hindsight that the Obama administration has never OK'd states being in violation of federal controlled substance law," said Chase, who favors federal change in the classification of marijuana. "It's foolish to continue down this path. ... They're just exposing all of us to federal criminal liability."The marijuana regulation bill also directs some $1 million in marijuana sales taxes to a drug and alcohol treatment program in Pueblo. The Circle Program at the Colorado Mental Health Institute was in danger of closure.The marijuana regulations signed Thursday take effect in July.Source: Seattle Times (WA)Author: Kristen Wyatt, Associated PressPublished: June 2, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Seattle Times CompanyContact: opinion seatimes.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana  Archives 
Home Comment Email Register Recent Comments Help 

Comment #2 posted by weedoflife on June 04, 2011 at 11:02:30 PT:
activist in Colorado should be taking action
The governor of Colorado used several million dollars out of the Medical marijuana coffer to balance the states budget in 2010. How can a state use such funds then not protect it citzens from federal law. Instead of making regulations to change the medical marijuana laws he should be taking on the Federal goverment by saying marijuana is classifed as medicine with in his state and file a reclassifaction petition with the federal goverment showing the states postion on marijuana. Activist in Colorado need to confront the governor on his action ,and set him straight protect us since we are part of the reason the state budget is what it is.He cant use your money then leave you hanging!!!!!!!!!!!
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #1 posted by CaptainAjnag on June 02, 2011 at 21:07:51 PT:
Imagine if every governor followed in Hickenlooper's footsteps.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
[ Post Comment ]

Post Comment