Medical Marijuana Council

January 21, 2011

The Medical Marijuana Council provides a great deal of information on medical marijuana and studies that have been done regarding marijuana and it's effectiveness and safety with regard to various illnesses.  Most all information they provide is in layperson terms and is extrapolated from scientific studies to help the patient who is considering medical marijuana make a decision. 

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Bill HR 3939

June 22, 2010

There is currently a bill pending before the United States House Judiciary Committee that is very important to everybody involved with medical marijuana.  It would create a defense to federal criminal law for the possession, growth, sale, or use of Medical Marijuana.  Even if your State does not have medical marijuana laws you should support this bill for those who need the support now, and for your state moving into the future!  Mile High Medical Cannabis urges you to contact your Congressman and get them to co-sponsor this bill. 

            H.R. 3939 was introduced last fall and is currently pending before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.  It does not appear any hearings have been held or action taken yet.

            H.R. 3939, if passed, would create what is called an “Affirmative Defense” for anybody involved in medical marijuana, as long as they were in compliance with State law. 

An affirmative defense is not the same as legalizing medical marijuana.  What it means is that you could be arrested and charged in Federal Court.  If the Federal Prosecutor refused to dismiss the charges against you, you would have to go to trial.  However you could raise the defense that the marijuana was for medical purposes. 

Contact your congressperson and urge them to sign on as co-sponsors of H.R. 3939 and to push to have H.R. 3939 passed this session of Congress. 

Click here to read bill 3939 courtesy of Mile High Medical Cannabis. 

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Medical Marijuana Bill 1284 Deadlines

June 21, 2010

The Colorado medical marijuana bill 1284 that was signed by Governor Ritter has major deadlines that are fast approaching.  The bill only allowed a few weeks to get business in order, which is presenting more problems than anyone anticipated.  (Even though many problems were anticipated).


Here's a story from the Denver Daily News which outlines just one business Owner's dilemma of trying to become "legal" before the July 1st deadline.  (Amazingly there is a display ad on the page of this article that reads  "Argonaut Liquor - Denver's largest liquor store - Shop Online"!)  Even though it is undisputed that marijuana is a much safer than alcohol.  View the article here.

By July 1st a local license must be applied for as a statewide moratorium goes into effect on July 1st and the new bill specifically states you will be operating illegally if you don't apply for a license by July 1st.  Yet others argue that the bill does not indicate there is a statewide moratorium.  However, if you want to open a dispensary, or need to grow,  because you already have a dispensary since the new law also now requires each dispensary to certify they are growing at least 70% of their own product.   However if you can't find properly zoned space, or can't afford to rent from a landlord that is reading the newspapers and price gouging due to the deadlines then you may consider partnering with a complete stranger that has a grow in place.   Not the best option, and certainly doomed for failure if you consider that if a grower has a grow in place, most believe they own and control that grow.  They invested much time and energy in their grow.  The only problem is the dispensary is on the hook for the license and the regulations, and the fines and taking all responsibility for that grow following the law.  Sounds like a recipe for major power struggles.  Regardless of what is written on paper, egos will clash, and certainly many will be doomed, merely because they were forced to join forces by ridiculous deadlines. Speaking of ridiculous deadlines the newly formed State medical marijuana department of regulation has a "hotline" to answer questions.  The only problem..... "leave a message" is all you get when you call it.  The recording states "we should have information on the website by mid June".    It is June 29th we are adding this and it still is not on the website, however the State will surely doom dispensaries that don't meet their deadlines.  Get ready for Government and it's lack of empathy. 

The next deadline is August 1st, 2010.  Each dispensary (now known as medical marijuana center)  must register with the state.  On forms that don't exist yet.  HOWEVER, if your local license has not been approved by this deadline you can file later, as long as you file within 30 days of your local license being issued.  If you are ALREADY licensed locally then you need to file by August 1st, 2010. 


Lastly, as mentioned above all dispensaries must certify by September 1st, 2010 that they are cultivating 70% of their own marijuana.  Patients are still allowed to go to any dispensary (medical marijuana center) they choose. So lets say you have a Denver Dispensary, with much walk-in traffic.  Yet you don't have a lot of patients who have assigned you grow rights.  That presents a problem.  What is a dispensary to do if they get swamped with patients who are traveling to their town for a large function and they all swamp a small dispensary?  Should they be turned away, because that dispensary can't grow enough to satisfy unexpected spikes in business?  Bill 1284 adds more stress, pressure, and hoops to jump for these already struggling dispensary Owners.   Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Dispensary providing top shelf medical marijuana to medical marijuana patients... or ... actually we are a Medical Marijuana Center now.

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Dispensary Ban

June 15, 2010

Superior, CO is the 1st town to ban dispensaries after House Bill 10-1284 was signed into law by Governor Ritter last week.   On June 14, 2010 Town Council Members voted unanimously 6-0 to ban dispensaries.

Medical marijuana advocates are vowing to challenge local bans in court.  Rumor has it that Vail, CO will be close behind on the "ban"wagon.   Maybe patients, and their family and friends who are skiers need to set up their own ban, and avoid the resort areas that ban medical marijuana during the ski season.  

It is evident that these small town councils are not following the will of the voters that clearly voted "for" medical marijuana in the first place when the overwhelming majority of Colorado citizens voted in favor of medical marijuana Amendment 20. 

Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary providing Medical Marijuana to Medical Marijuana Patients.

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Philadelphia Proposes Decriminalization of Medical Marijuana

April 6, 2010

Philadelphia (the 6th largest City in the US), has put forth a proposed rule change to decriminalize marijuana for possession of under 30 grams (1 ounce is 28.34 grams).   According to news sources a Philly police spokesman said the Philly police officers will continue to make arrests as usual since it still isn't legalized, and leave the District Attorney's office to deal with it. 

“We’re not going to stop locking people up … our officers are trained to do that. Whether or not they make it through the charging process, that’s up to the D.A. We can’t control that. Until they legalize it, we’re not going to stop.”

It seems  the Police Spokesman doesn't understand the purpose of the City's efforts at decriminalizing - to stop wasting time, energy, and resources making arrests for marijuana under 1 ounce.  Evidently he didn't get that memo.  Perhaps that is a good thing.  More evidence for the marijuana activists to point out in the future, that regardless of the rule changes the police don't follow the "spirit" of the law, and therefore full legalization should be enacted so there is no "spirit", or "common sense" to confuse the Philly police spokesman or officers. 

Maybe Philadelphia could send their officers to Denver for marijuana police training.  HEY!  That's another whole industry that could be created.  Think of the jobs, and the money flowing into Denver.  As more states follow suit, think of the income potential.  Policing Marijuana 101.  Caring for Marijuana while awaiting trial 102.  Correctly weighing marijuana - how to properly remove stems, roots and plant matter - according to law 103.  Plant counting - what constitutes a plant? 104.

There are approximately 700,000 police officers in the US.  That's a lot of training and a whole lot of potential income Denver! ..... or maybe we could create an online course for them....

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