Proposed Caregiver Rules Could Shake Up Community
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Proposed Caregiver Rules Could Shake Up Community
Posted by CN Staff on June 15, 2011 at 07:29:27 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Denver -- The rules for Colorado's small-scale medical-marijuana providers could change drastically today if the state Board of Health approves a set of proposed regulations at a public hearing.The regulations would require caregivers  people who grow medical marijuana for five or fewer patients  to be much more involved in their patients' lives than just supplying cannabis. Caregivers would have to help patients with day-to-day activities such as cooking, shopping or driving to appointments in order to keep their legal protection.
"If patients do not require caregiver service other than the provision of medical marijuana," the proposed regulations state, "then the patients shall not designate a primary caregiver."The regulations would not affect dispensaries, which serve large numbers of patients. But the regulations would cause upheaval in Colorado's caregiver community, said Michael Marcella, a caregiver in Colorado Springs who served on the state health department's Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee.Caregivers typically make little money growing marijuana for patients, Marcella said. Marcella said most disabled patients have other people in their lives who can help them cook or clean. They look to him, he said, for marijuana."I only have these patients because they either can't grow or they've tried and failed," Marcella said. "... It's really handcuffed me, and I'm thinking of maybe not being a caregiver anymore."It is unclear how many caregivers there are in Colorado, though their number could be in the tens of thousands. According to state health department statistics, slightly less than two-thirds of the state's more than 120,000 medical-marijuana patients have designated an individual as a caregiver.Caregivers do not currently have to register with the state, but a law that takes effect next month will require them to start registering their cultivation locations. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: June 15, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on June 16, 2011 at 10:30:01 PT
cooking, shopping or driving to appointments
Then... of course... they need to invest in a health certificate, bonding, special insurance, and a commercial and chauffeur's driver's license. Plus registering the location you grow the plants in. Like when you register with the government about where you grow tomatoes and okra. Not excessive "red tape" with all this, is there?The arrogant, immature lawmakers need to make it easier for ailing people to access the herb. Instead they are looking for ways to make it as difficult and burdensome as possible. That's mature and sensible?Mature and sensible is what we'd like to have from our "Representatives" in the Legislatures. From the beginning, in all states, they should have just authorized "Growers" and or "Herbalists". Then this nit picking game of fools could be more easily settled.
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on June 16, 2011 at 08:43:51 PT
We've been breaking the law for decades
Smile when you say that, Bud! LOL!Ain't it the truth. "The law is an ass [donkey]!"
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Comment #3 posted by BGreen on June 15, 2011 at 16:01:21 PT
We've been breaking the law for decades
I see nothing wrong with continuing to break the law in the future when the laws are so asinine and vindictive.This is EXACTLY like the fight going on for the reproductive rights of women. They want to make legal cannabis impossible to get by passing stupid invasive laws meant for one reason and one reason only ... to make legal cannabis impossible to get.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #2 posted by dongenero on June 15, 2011 at 14:55:33 PT
What do home health nurses know about growing medicinal cannabis or manufacturing any other medicine, and vice versa?
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Comment #1 posted by CaptainAjnag on June 15, 2011 at 13:37:05 PT:
Last time I checked, caregivers provided medicine for patients.....not maid and taxi services....I guess I'll go tell my docter that because he provides my prescription...he also needs to come cook for me, clean my house, and drive me around.
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