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Medical marijuana hearing nods to "Drugs are Bad, M'Kay" South Park ep? (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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Video below.
Yesterday's judiciary committee hearing about HB 1250, a medical marijuana infused-products bill, took some unexpected twists. The legislation, which initially sought to ban all MMJ edibles, has now evolved into a packaging bill. But in arguing why it's necessary, sponsoring Representative Cindy Acree used a prop that cannabis advocates see as a nod to South Park's "Drugs are Bad" episode.

During her testimony, according to the Cannabis Therapy Institute, Acree showed off a package with a cupcake inside to demonstrate the type of labeling she'd like to see for MMJ edibles. CTI got a closeup look at the text, including this passage:

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Courtesy of Cannabis Therapy Institute
In a post about the hearing, CTI writes: "This is a clear reference to the 'Drugs are Bad, Mkay' South Park comedy animation skit from Comedy Central. Did one of Acree's staffers... write this label or did it come from some corporate lobbyists?" By the way, the last two words in this sentence linked to a Westword post about the Medical Marijuana Industry Group.

As for the legislation itself, the new language it contains is not yet online -- but CTI's Laura Kriho says "the amended version gives the Department of Revenue the authority to create rules regarding packaging." She quotes the following passage:

"Rules promulgated pursuant to this section may include... prohibiting the sale of medical marijuana infused products unless the product is packaged in special packaging that is designed or constructed to be significantly difficult for children under five years of age to open and not difficult for normal adults to use properly, and that does not allow the product to be seen without opening the packaging material."

Kriho adds that another tweak involved "removing the words 'food and beverage' and substituting 'medical marijuana-infused products.'" Why? She believes the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment "didn't want anyone to think this was real food or beverage -- I think because it's adulterated by a Schedule 1 controlled substance."

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Fictional "Cap'n Chronic" cereal.
The measure passed, but not unanimously, Kriho notes: "Claire Levy" -- the sponsor of a bill to set THC driving limits -- "voted against it because her reading of the amendment is that it gives authority to the Department of Revenue to prohibit the sale of medical marijuana-infused products unless the product is packaged in a certain way. And in her opinion, the Department of Revenue doesn't have the power to prohibit the sale of products. She was concerned it gave too much authority to the Department of Revenue."

Obviously, Kriho is pleased HB 1250 no longer bans MMJ edibles. However, she believes the measure that remains "is unnecessary, because the Department of Revenue already has the authority to regulate labeling. There's six pages of labeling rules they haven't promulgated yet. But Representative Acree is adamant about wanting to protect the children from these imagined harms" -- an argument made at a hearing earlier this month starring the fictional product Cap'n Chronic and Pot Tarts, a now-banned item that was likely never been sold in Colorado.

Not that Kriho's resting easy quite yet. "This can be amended on the House floor and in the Senate," she points out. "It may seem superfluous, but it can and will change. That's the only thing we can be certain about with medical marijuana legislation: Everything can change, and it will usually change at the last minute -- and usually for the worse."

Page down to see the South Park "Drugs are Bad" clip, plus photos from yesterday's hearing courtesy of the Cannabis Therapy Institute, including shots of two amendments. Kriho says both passed.


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Hydrocodone Addiction
Hydrocodone Addiction

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sevenearth
sevenearth

Forget about all kind of lost and win stuff and just think for cannabis and marijuana highs and buy drugs for that from given below site name please go on legal-highs !!!!     

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

It has to be hysteria. If not people will look at the facts.

HB-1250 For the Kids

From the Drug Enforcement Agency's own website.

Overdose effects

There have been no reported deaths by overdose.

http://www.getsmartaboutdrugs....

HB1261 For the Cops

The most recent and complete study in to the effects of Cannabis on driving aptly titled,

"THE EFFECT OF CANNABIS COMPARED WITH ALCOHOL ON DRIVING"

From Yale University researched with grants from the Veterans Administration Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), National Institute on Drug Abuse and published for the National Institutes of Health a part of the Department of Health and Human Services?

"Overall, though, case-control and culpability studies have been inconclusive, a determination reached by several other recent reviewers. Similar disagreement has never existed in the literature on alcohol use and crash risk."

I don't know about you, but if the government is passing laws to take my blood, their own and most current research should damn will say that there is a problem and marijuana does pose a crash risk higher then the general sober public. IF not the government is taking your blood because they feel like it. If that's not tyranny I really don't know what is.

TheRestOfTheStory
TheRestOfTheStory

I have one question:

How many kids have been damaged by accidentally consuming a pot laced brownie or candy? I hear and read about many horrified parents rushing their kids to the emergency room, but what was the end result? The news media never follows up, so I never hear. I'm guessing there is nothing more to report? If so, guess what that leads me to think?

DontGetIt
DontGetIt

I have questions:

1) What are the opponents to MMJ afraid of?

2) What's the worst that can happen?

3) Does everyone realize that Alcohol kills people daily while cannabis has never killed anyone?

4) What about the child obesity problem? Isn't that getting worse?

5) What about the kids pharming their parents pharmaceuticals?

6) Does everyone realize that according the Obama's Drug Czar, the number one drug problem in the country is pharmaceuticals followed by alcohol...which can kill on an overdoes?

7) Why are we not focused on real problems?

solar_satellite
solar_satellite

Hilarious! People thought South park was a parody of Colorado, but the opposite is the case. Acree really is a pathetic, fascist dreg (who represents Arapahoe County).

kelly
kelly

How do the South Park writers feel about getting dragged into Colorado's General Assembly mmj mess?

Boulder Med Cannabis
Boulder Med Cannabis

it's all about publicity for lame ass legislators who want to get their name in the news for passing *something* to do with mmj! what a joke.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

The only thing they can argue now is for protecting the children. As Mark Twain said, "censorship is telling a man he can not have a steak because a baby can not chew it." Two things.

1. Just like Alcohol it is the parents responsibility not the states to keep products in the home out of the reach of children. A kid under 5 can very easily pop a four loco open and that is leaps and bounds worse for kids.

2. When a bill treats a truly benign substance in such a way as to give the impression, with no scientific support in 3000 years of human history, that cannabis is any worse than the most beneficial plant known to man then that bill is an attack not just on patients but on the whole of Colorado.

Cannabis for Victory!

Boulder Med Cannabis
Boulder Med Cannabis

what happens in real life is the person (no matter what size or age a person is) has a long nap and wakes up just fine. similar to what would happen with Benadryl. No children have ever died from a cannabis overdose in 3000 years. No adults have either.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Very interesting post, DontGetit. Thanks for sharing it.

Guest
Guest

I wonder what the creators of South Park think about their state becoming a parody of their show?

TheRestOfTheStory
TheRestOfTheStory

Just as I thought. Same as what happens to me which is why I use it. I figured if there were something more to report, then they would.

So why the hysteria again???

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