Denver Reels from Devastating Med Marijuana Audit
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Denver Reels from Devastating Med Marijuana Audit
Posted by CN Staff on July 18, 2013 at 12:29:05 PT
By Jeremy P. Meyer, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post 
Colorado -- While Denver has become a national leader in how it regulates medical marijuana, an audit released Thursday found serious problems with how the city licenses, tracks and manages the booming medical marijuana industry in the city.Denver has the most medical marijuana dispensaries in the state  more than the number of liquor stores  but the city's oversight has been "ineffective" and "inefficient" and poses "substantive risks to the city," according to the report that Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher called "devastating."
Lack of oversight potentially cost the city millions in lost tax revenues and put neighborhoods and citizens at risk, said one member of the audit committee.City officials didn't even know how many medical marijuana establishments operated in Denver and could not provide a map of their locations, according to the report that offered 20 recommendations for the city's Department of Excise and Licenses to improve the system. The report identified several problems, including incomplete, inaccurate or inaccessible records; lack of formal processes or policies for licensing; poor coordination between the city and the state Department of Revenue; unenforced deadlines for key steps in the licensing process; and poor management and staffing."Do you have any assurance of the safety of our children and our neighborhoods?" audit committee member Jeffrey Hart asked Denver Excise and Licenses Director Tom Downey in a meeting Thursday morning."We have phenomenal police officers," Downey said. " I can swear on their behalf that they are doing everything to protect the citizens."Hart responded: "I was asking about your department.""Yes, we are doing everything we could do to insure that," Downey said. "We need to do more. We have done everything we can with limited resources and are asking for more resources."SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author:  Jeremy P. Meyer, The Denver PostPublished: July 18, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by mexweed on July 21, 2013 at 14:19:14 PT:
Swazi-X, you forgot something
Good job, that's all true about the curse of Coors and so forth, but Big 2WackGo is #1 disease, death, deforestation disaster in human history and #1 target to exterminate now through planting a trillion riefertrees. Worldwide numbers: "tobacco" (meaning mainly $igarettes) 6 million deaths a year; alcohol 2.5 million; medical maladventure (and give them credit, sometimes they cure somebody) maybe a million.The Booze>>>$igarettes>>>Drugs interlinks are relevant:
Binge drinking is a major factor in getting children hooked on nicotine! 1. Sidestream smoke at the "party" where you drink to impress the gang; 2. Maybe they also serve you a blunt with nicotine in the cigar skin wrapper; 3. "A $igarette or two" to sober you up to drive the car home; 4. "A $igarette or two" to ride out a hangover; 5. "A $igarette or two" to help you stay awake last minute cramming for the Big Test you failed to study for--- ZAP! Hooked for life!And then after spending $100,000 over 2-3 decades on a pack-a-day habit, you spend $100,000 in the last tragic decade on Big pHARMa! (And oh yes, miss seeing the grandchildren too.)
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Comment #4 posted by museman on July 20, 2013 at 10:54:41 PT
would you believe...?
"We have phenomenal police officers," Downey said. " I can swear on their behalf that they are doing everything to protect the citizens."Ha Ha! LoL Aaaaaggghhh! Choke Gag! Breathe man! It's Ok!
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Comment #3 posted by Swazi-X on July 19, 2013 at 14:41:07 PT
Sounds like the audit committee has some reading to do. The "assurances of safety" Mr. Jeffery "Don't Confuse Me With The Facts" Hart is asking about concerning his children and neighborhoods is the very fact that there are more cannabis outlets than liquor stores. Duh.Liquor will kill your sons and daughters - and it does every day. Even Coors kills people - the refreshing, crisp taste of alcoholism and liver disease!Exchange cannabis for liquor anywhere you possibly can Mr. Hart - and the children you claim to care about will always come out a winner. At the absolute, very least they'll come out alive - much more than you can say about the thousands who die from alcohol every year. The best, safest, most democratic and American-like thing for Colorado to do would be to ditch the snarky, obstructionist audits and let the free market have it's way with cannabis. The only threat cannabis poses is to law enforcement funding, liquor stores and alcohol producers (Yo! Hickenlooper!), and the entire disingenuous medical industry. Can you imagine how crazy it will make some doctors when they understand cannabis can CURE diabetes and cancer?No problem - just put them on some Prozac and let them experience the hell they put their own patients through.
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on July 19, 2013 at 09:19:24 PT
Slow down!
this article is pure propaganda! "slow down", you know what that means - slow down - keep arresting and jailing the blacks and latinos.Slow down - keep up the killing and violence in Mexico LONGER.Slow down - prop up the revenue for local mafia low-life for another few years!
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on July 18, 2013 at 12:58:45 PT
Send More Cars...
As long as you give us unlimited resources, we can do it...It's comical, absolutely no rhyme nor reason... no self-criticism, no-one is at fault, and no-one is to blame, send more cops...And, hey, it's coming from the Denver Post.
Rocky! Please give it up!
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