Marijuana work group meeting canceled over open-meetings issues, not funeral (VIDEO)

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Update: Yesterday, we told you about the last-minute cancellation of the DUID-marijuana working group looking into the issue of THC driving limits. Now, Cannabis Therapy Institute's Laura Kriho has assembled a video showing her and other activists learning the plug was pulled over open-meetings-law concerns, and not, as initially claimed, because of a funeral.

In the video, on view below, Kriho, joined by fellow advocates Robert Chase and Kathleen Chippi, is asked on several occasions to stop recording the encounter. She rejects these requests by saying she's a member of the press, and later namechecks the Cannabis Press Association.

The main action begins at just past the three-minute point, following an introduction by Chase. Two staffers at the Division of Criminal Justice headquarters tell the trio the meeting will not take place due to a funeral -- and one of them eventually walks away from the barrage of questions being thrown at her. Later, Chase returns with a request for minutes from previous group meetings, which he and his cohorts contend were illegal because proper notice wasn't provided about the get-togethers.

Shortly thereafter, supervisor Kim English arrives and reveals that the meeting was postponed to make sure all rules are being followed. However, she notes that lawyers consulted on the matter, including experts at the Colorado Attorney General's office, believe past meetings were on the up and up, because the DUID-marijuana working group isn't a "decision-making body."

Also seen on camera is attorney Aaron Levine, who references panel co-chair Sean McAllister and the Medical Marijuana Industry Group. He asks English about a vote and is told that one will take place at the next meeting, slated for next Wednesday, August 31.

What kind of vote? That question isn't answered. Look below to see the video, followed by our previous coverage.

Original item: 1:44 p.m. August 24: Earlier today, we told you about a scheduled 1 p.m. meeting of the DUID-marijuana working group to consider THC driving limits -- the centerpiece of a bill shelved during the last legislative session. But the plug was pulled at the last minute -- and several activists who showed up at the appointed time, including Cannabis Therapy Institute's Laura Kriho, say the reason had to do with open meetings law questions.

Kriho was joined by fellow activists Kathleen Chippi and Robert Chase. When they arrived at the Division of Criminal Justice offices in advance of the meeting's anticipated start, they were told "the meeting was canceled because everybody was at a funeral," Kriho says.

Chase then asked to speak with someone about an open-meetings law request he'd made for minutes from earlier meetings of the working group. "They told us the woman he needed to talk to wasn't there," Kriho continues. "But then, all of a sudden, she was there. And she said the meeting wasn't canceled because everyone was at a funeral. It was canceled because they wanted to make sure they were compliant with the open-meetings law."

At that point, Kriho notes, a representative of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, whose Michael Elliott is a committee member, arrived. He was told an e-mail was sent to pertinent parties at nine a.m. letting them know about the meeting's cancellation. This factoid bothers Kriho, since Chase had been in contact with many parties involved with the meeting and no one bothered to give him a heads-up. "I came from Boulder, Kathleen came from Nederland, and Robert came from Denver, and none of us were notified," she says. "Everybody else was given a timely warning."

No new date for the meeting has been scheduled.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Med. marijuana patient loses street-sweeping job, benefits, court case after failing drug test."

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krazy katy
krazy katy

Good job Laura, Robert and Kathleen. 

jon
jon

`Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys'- P.J. O'Rourke –

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Michael, I realize that you're busy, but "However, she notes that lawyers consulted on the matter, including experts at the Colorado Attorney General's office, believe past meetings were on the up and up, because the DUID-marijuana working group isn't a "decision-making body." -- this is not accurate, but a conflation of different things -- Ms. English did not say that "experts at the Colorado Attorney General's office" had passed on whether the Marijuana Per Se Working Group is a State public body or not.

Could we not get at least that point clear?

C.R.S. 24-6-402(1)(d) states:  ""State public body" means any board, committee, commission, or other advisory, policy-making, rule-making, decision-making, or formally constituted body of any state agency ...".

I am an expert on the English language; I am telling you that, inasmuch as the Marijuana Per Se Working Group was formally constituted and (sufficiently) that it acts in an advisory capacity, it is a State public body.  What English is in fact doing in the interview is parrotting back crap Sean McAllister wrote; while he is a lawyer, he is promoting his own idiosyncratic notion of what constitutes a State public body over the statutory one.  However reasonable this seems to you or Ms. English, it is not legal.

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

Denver has been described as the most drunken city in North America.The cops don't set up D.U.I. check points leaving LoDo. Why? because it's all about money, tax revenue and off duty police jobs in Bars. The problem with weed is minor compared to the way booze is served in Denver and all this crap about weed is a distraction from the real problem.Denver is a very corrupt city. 

Guest Who
Guest Who

The police set up DUI checkpoints in LODO all the time. ALL THE TIME.

Usually on 20th street just past Wazee. 

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

Only one this year and going into LoDo at 10:00 p.m. The cops gave me a brochure from M.A.D. passing through that check point.In the last 12 months only a few sobriety check points; one on Brighton Blvd.One by Denver General Hospital and one on 20th St a year ago.The real issue is who is doing the serving where the Denver Police and Sheriffs provide Security Detail; the serving of Shots of hard liquor ONLY!  one after another and another  when last call is made.Denver is a corrupt city.

instntkrma
instntkrma

TITLE 24 - ARTICLE 6 - Colorado Sunshine Law

24-6-402. Meetings - open to public. (1) For the purposes of this section:(a) "Local public body" means any board, committee, commission, authority, or other advisory, policy-making, rule-making, or formally constituted body of any political subdivision of the state and any public or private entity to which a political subdivision, or an official thereof, has delegated a governmental decision-making function but does not include persons on the administrative staff of the local public body.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

-- wrong provision -- look for the phrase "State public body".

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Thanks Westword nice work!  Thanks for the video Laura you rule!  I love the exposure of the pot clowns.  Down with Levy and McCallister and their DUID scam to rob patients of millions.  We shared your work and gave our take on our blog, click 'High Country Caregiver' above...

Robert you are my hero, way to get shit done!

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

Way to go Robert!  Please let us know when they release those minutes.  Feel free to post them up on our forum.  I am putting together open records requests as well.  I also want to see what they have been talking about with the MMIG Scum and the DOR.  

Youssef
Youssef

Anyone trying to do anything constructive about MMJ has to deal with these retards around every corner. It's a damn shame. All they want to do is screw everything up so bad that we all just give up and they can go ahead with ththeir ingenious failed policy, prohibition.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

I believe the accepted term in this case is 'Pot Clown'

pot clown = something between idiot + narc

perfect example: Sean McCallister & Co.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Please see my comment at:  http://blogs.westword.com/late...

Laura, Kathleen, and I were the only people to stand up for the hundreds of thousands of drivers in Colorado who use cannabis, and we were made to drive out to a hearing which had been cancelled because I caught them violating the law -- this is analogous to the situation we faced a year ago when I forced the DOR to cancel similar secret meetings of its Medical Marijuana Advisory Working Group (see:  http://blogs.westword.com/late....  While the Department of Safety claims that it "welcomes our input", its actions (as reflected in lying to us and failing to inform the complainant himself of the cancellation of the meeting) speak much louder.  Ms. English indicated that the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice intends to continue to flout the law by not taking legally required minutes -- this will not stand.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

They do their "best" work in secret !!!

Don't you just love how our government respects us ???

Have meetings in secret, cancel when they get caught, notify everyone but the activists.

It is INTENTIONAL and never think otherwise. They take their checks from taxpayer money and jerk us around.

David

Monkey
Monkey

I might not agree with you on every corner but, Thanks! I knew nothing about this meeting. I appreciate your involvement.

Guest Who
Guest Who

Laura Kriho is a faggot.

as Louis CK would say. 

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

Why do we need THC driving limits when we have trained "stoned spotting" cops doing field spotting?

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