Medical marijuana bills strengthen oversight, Bill Ritter says on signing HB 1284 and SB 109
How did this former district attorney explain his reasons for backing legislation that many law-enforcement officials around the state absolutely loathe? By arguing that they "strike a delicate balance between protecting public safety and respecting the will of the voters."
That's not exactly a ringing endorsement. But from a political standpoint, it makes sense to emphasize that a legislative solution had to be found in the wake of Amendment 20's passage almost a decade ago.
Here's Ritter's complete statement, along with a roster of other bills to which he added his signature:
GOV. RITTER STRENGTHENS MEDICAL MARIJUANA OVERSIGHT
Gov. Bill Ritter today signed two bills that will increase oversight of voter-approved medical marijuana in Colorado by strengthening the rules for dispensaries and physicians.
"In my State of the State Address in January, I called on the legislature to work with my office, law enforcement, the medical marijuana community and other stakeholders to bring bipartisan, common-sense solutions to the chaotic proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in communities all around Colorado," Gov. Ritter said. "The companion measures I signed today strike a delicate balance between protecting public safety and respecting the will of the voters.
"House Bill 1284 provides a regulatory framework for dispensaries, including giving local communities the ability to ban or place sensible and much-needed controls on the operation, location and ownership of these establishments," the Governor said. "Senate Bill 109 will help prevent fraud and abuse, ensuring that physicians who authorize medical marijuana for their patients actually perform a physical exam, do not have a DEA flag on their medical license and do not have a financial relationship with a dispensary."
Gov. Ritter also signed the following bills into law this morning:
Home Health Care
Screening Brief Intervention Referral
Colorado 2-1-1 Checkoff
Medical Ins Coverage Denials Appeals
Reg Distressed Real Prop By Cnty Commrs
Regulate Grease Collection & Disposal
Foreclosure Amend Equity Purchaser Prov
DPA Administrative Clean-up
Sunset Licensing River Outfitters
Register Fire Suppress Sprinkler Fitters
Create HOA Ombudsman
Study Ag Exemption Prop Tax
Solid Waste User Fees
Public Indecency And Indecent Exposure
Inactive Special Districts
Prepaid Wireless Phone 911 Surcharge
Municipal Authority To Lease Land
Funding Financial Assistance Higher Ed
Cash Fund Transfers Augmnt Genl Fund
Sunset Instacheck Firearm Transfer
Interlocutory Appeals In Civil Cases
State Info Tech Management
Require State Highway Devolution Study
Repeal Congressional District Criteria
Natl Instant Crim Background Check Sys
Probate Code Revisions
Renew Energy Facility Prop Tax Valuation
Suspension 2010 Interim Committees