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Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division says Full Spectrum Labs OK to open, FSL disagrees

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Last week, medical cannabis testing facility Full Spectrum Labs shut its doors indefinitely, citing a lack of a state license to operate. But that news came as a surprise to Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division spokeswoman Julie Postlethwait, who says the lab could have remained open.

Postlethwait says state law allows for testing facilities to take small portions for sampling and that all Full Spectrum would need to operate is an occupational license.

"We don't know why they haven't gotten their [occupational] license," she maintains. "Full Spectrum Labs just tests small samples of marijuana for cannabinoids and potency. It's the labs that are going to be researching and developing with cultivation on-site that will need the [medical marijuana research] license, which we do not have in place yet. But for Full Spectrum, as far as we are concerned, that's fine."

House Bill 1284, passed last year, vaguely states that "a licensed medical marijuana center may provide a small amount of its medicine for marijuana testing to a laboratory that is licensed pursuant to the occupational licensing rules."

The rules make it clear that an analytical lab can apply for an occupational license, but do not make any distinctions between the two different types of businesses. Essentially the law lump the labs in with medical marijuana centers. HB 1284 also offers no details on labs accepting samples or transfer of custody.

Full Spectrum spokesman Buckie Minor says going strictly by language in HB 1284 would leave the lab in a murky gray area. While testing for other centers might be okay, it's only a part of their business. Minor said laws meant to force dispensaries to grow their own cannabis inadvertently prevents private patients from having medicine tested. "Patients bring their stuff to me to test," he said. "But under [the state] dispensary licenses, patients can't take medicine to a dispensary. We can't accept it."

Minor says the lab has asked the MMED to clarify its position in writing, but got no response. "Who would operate without anything in writing?" he says. Conversely, Postlethwait was unaware of any communications and said she hoped FSL would reach out to her.

Several other labs remain open despite the alleged gray area.

More from our marijuana archives: "Medical marijuana: Full Spectrum Labs shutting doors until state license is issued"; "Medical marijuana dispensary (re)review: Golden Alternative Care"

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4260 Kearney Street, Denver, CO

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Dr
Dr

   This article is factually incorrect. Full Spectrum Labs has moved to Canada. It is now located on the UBC Campus, in Vancouver, BC. In Canada it has the full legal, licensed right to operate and continue its study of the marijuana plant. Full Spectrum Labs is not a testing facility, but a research facility looking for compounds that have medicinal value.

Kathleen Chippi
Kathleen Chippi

Senator Chris Romer promised to close down 80% of all mmj businesses.  Just another one biting the dust.  And it doesn't matter what is in writing from the DoR--what matters is the law of the land, the CO Constitution. 

On August 18, 2011 the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled (Beinor) 2-1 that no on in Colorado --red card or not---has a "legal" right to use mmj.  Unless the Supreme Court hears this appeal, everybody will close.....if the red card grants NO RIGHTS there is NO REASON to register, which means not only will the labs close, but the centers also as hb1284 requires the red card to purchase in a center or test in a lab.  Are any of you business people waking up to the harsh reality that soon you will have NO CLIENTELE.

You can help us resolve this in the court of law by donating at cannabislawsuits.com

Billy
Billy

Considering that FSL was raided already once by the DEA, and many patient/caregiver information seized, I'm surprised they went back to operating without a license. I hope they can "reach out" to the DOR. Send in the pot clowns!

philbu
philbu

Hi, this is the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, currently operating in Fairfax, California. We understand full well the Colorado situation. There is a concerted effort by Federal authorities to close all dispensaries. Over the past two weeks, our owner, Lynnette Shaw has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, from CBS and FOX Business News to NPR and the LA Times. We're now fighting the battle for the medicinal use of marijuana on two fronts. On March 1, 2011, MAMM was the first licensed dispensary to receive an IRS determination disallowing our business tax deductions. We have filed taxes since 1997 and our books are transparent, as required by our permit. Though the IRS has advised us for years on ways to save money on MAMM's business taxes, it now intends to force us to close our doors.

At the same time, MAMM's landlord has received a letter from Melinda Haag, the San Francisco-based U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California warning him that his property may be seized and he may be prosecuted if the Marin Alliance does not halt the dispensing of medical marijuana on his property within 45 days. Our landlord is in his seventies, which could make any jail time a death sentence.

We see our defenses against the IRS and DOJ as high profile test cases and believe the future of patient access to medicinal marijuana across the nation lies in the balance. If you would like more information, please visit http://www.cbcmarin.com to learn how you can help.

Thanks so much.

 

Thanksso much.

DontWorryBeHopi
DontWorryBeHopi

There was another woman named Julie Postlethwait who used sell pony meat, horse meat, and puppy and kitten meat in Rhode Island. crazy story, tore the town apart

Gal
Gal

Who Cares!!! FSL Sucks any ways!!!

denverdriveby
denverdriveby

The government powers that be have screwed over patients, screwed over (formerly) legitimate businesses and their employees, and basically have screwed over themselves by killing the golden goose aka the whole MMJ business which is the ONLY substantial statewide new growth industry creating good paying jobs and tax revenue. 

The only winners here are the high paid government employees and state & federal law enforcement. 

Guest
Guest

"Who would operate without anything in writing?"

Full Spectrum for two years, for example. 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Overturn or repeal SB10-109, HB10-1284, and HB11-1043 now!.

Ry Prichard
Ry Prichard

I've decided that this is the best comment ever.

Tio
Tio

Yes... all of this seems very odd.

William Breathes
William Breathes

i agree. this is one of the most wild and awesome comments I've read.

"crazy story, tore the town apart"

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