Colorado Medical Marijuana Handbook author on which states are likeliest raid targets

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Michael Malott.
As one of the authors of California's Proposition 215, which sanctioned medical cannabis for the first time in the United States, as well as several legal handbooks, Michael Malott has a unique perspective on the medical marijuana laws that have been passed since.

And he's just published a book that takes a look at this state's laws: The Colorado Medical Marijuana Handbook.

Mile Highs and Lows recently caught up with Malott, who talked about the differences between Colorado and other states, and why he thinks Colorado's regulatory system has kept the feds at bay (so far).

Pointing to Drug Enforcement Administration raids last fall in California, Washington and Montana, Mallot believes Colorado has been spared so far because our medical marijuana laws are enshrined in our state constitution, unlike every other state that allows for medical cannabis. "One thing that people don't realize is that it is a privilege, not a right, in a lot of these states," he notes. "In Colorado, it's a right." (Side note: It's a right, just not a fundamental right, according to a court's ruling in September.)

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But Malott also cites House Bill 1284, which set up the current regulatory scheme for Colorado medical marijuana dispensaries and caregivers, as another reason that Colorado has been left alone for the most part. "I believe Colorado is one of the best-regulated states that has medical marijuana in place at this time," Malott says. "And I believe the regulation has been, overall, a good thing. Take a look at Michigan. Basically, they approved the law without giving it any forethought. It allowed anyone to open a dispensary, for profit, without any regulations on background checks or what have you. You had the good ol' boys who were in the black market running to Home Depot to grab a 'Yes, We Are Open' sign. There's not a lot of abuse of the system [in Colorado] as compared to other states."

In California, for example, he notes that grows are less regulated and dispensaries are still allowed to buy from pretty much any grower who walks in off the street. That system has been abused over the years, with thousands of pounds of marijuana flowing out of state, while Colorado regulations make it harder for centers to sell their products anywhere other than off their shelves. "Colorado has been very efficient at self-regulating," Malott adds.

Malott's book covers both federal law and Colorado law, how to sterilize your marijuana for consumption, as well as an encyclopedia of marijuana strains descriptions and photographs. Although it's not really light reading, it's a pretty decent desk reference of all of the existing state laws for those of you who haven't already printed them out a million times from the state website like we usually do. You can pick up a copy of The Colorado Medical Marijuana Handbook at Amazon.com or a handful of local dispensaries

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Denver MMJ Dispensary Man
Denver MMJ Dispensary Man

Bringing it to the forefront!. Absolutely right, we amended our state constitution to give us the right to a natural alternative, medical marijuana. Colorado is leading the way, and I have faith that eventually, we will lead by example, and medical marijuana or even just marijuana in general will become a fundamental right in our nation's constitution! (I have a dream!)

patriot
patriot

another capitalist profiting off the backs of the ignorant. hope no one on this board bought this book. in light of Friday's announcement, this books seems like a fairy tale. someone forgot to tell the author that big brother does what he wants, quit profiting off the backs of the ignorant...you tool!

Guest
Guest

Which Mike Mallott are you talking about?  I know the Mike Mallott who wrote this book personally.  He is the single father of a 5 or 6 year old autistic kid, that gets food stamps and doesn't even own a car.  WOW!  talk about capitalism......  Profiting???? $40 a month in book royalties, which is about what he made from the book as of last week when I talked to him is far from profiting and the book has no personal interpretations of the laws, just verbatim what the Act reads, the guy lives in poverty and you think he's a capitalist ?????

Bill in California
Bill in California

"As one of the authors of California's Proposition 215," -- Your opening sentence is a lie. 

Castrocastle
Castrocastle

Michael Malott worked as my personal assistant at the time I drafted Prop. 215 and ran the SFCBC, he is correctly credited with assisting me in the drafting of 215..........  In fact, I wrote the forward for the Colorado Medical Marijuana Handbook and credited him for this in my forward.   Dennis Peron, San Francisco

Castrocastle
Castrocastle

Yes, he was a contributing author of Prop 215, because he played a role in helping me write the Compassionite Use Act......  Dennis

stoney
stoney

Does it have a chapter on getting along with your local municipal government?  Dealing with the local populace when they go on a witch hunt like Fort Collins?  Compliance with state regs is only part of the equation.

Duncan20903
Duncan20903

When California passed the first law criminalizing cannabis in 1913 there was an exception for medicinal cannabis written into that law. The California Compassionate Use Act was hardly the first law to "sanction" medicinal cannabis. Not even close, by 83 years.

BTW the word "sanction" is wholly inappropriate. The CUA carved out an exception which protects medicinal cannabis patients from prosecution. It "sanctions" medicinal cannabis in precisely the same way that the affirmative defense of self protection sanctions homicide. In plain words, not even a little bit.

Monkey
Monkey

"unique perspective"? I think everyone in the Colorado commercial marijuana trade is clinging to this perception. Hope for the best and forget the worst. No one will write a book saying Colorado is stupid for regulating the commercial sale and manufacturing of an illegal substance.....until after the federal raids, then it will be a best seller. Practice on Cali, see what happens and then move to Colorado for the  easy seizures, that's my prediction. Thinking the feds admire Colorado for breaking their laws is silly, I don't think their impressed with our regulatory skills. Hope I'm wrong and Colorado can set the pace for America but..........that is more wishful thinking, not logical thinking.

Jay
Jay

"how to sterilize your marijuana for consumption,"

WB, thanks for the post. Can you or someone else please explain the above quote? I don't understand why, as a patient, I would have or want to sterilize my meds. I don't even know how that would be possible.

Thanks!

William Breathes
William Breathes

Jay, thanks for the comment. I asked Michael Malott about that and he said it involved baking the herb for some period of time in an oven. To be really honest, I was more interested in his take on the laws than the book itself

patriot
patriot

i hope all you took away was....nothing. because his opinions are just that...opinions. and his predictions are worthless in light of the announcement by the feds friday!

WeedScientist
WeedScientist

Many patients with compromised immune systems could suffer from bacteria or mold infections by inhaling the plant. Unfortunately some of the more common pathogens like Aspergillus aren't that poisonous themselves, but produce toxins that are NOT eliminated by sterilization.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Only an idiot would burn their "medicine" and inhale the noxious smoke into their delicate lung tissue ...

Activist 1
Activist 1

If you bake cannabis at 300 degrees for five minutes you do not vaporize the THC, as it requires higher temp, however you eliminate many pathogens present in some cannabis.  This could be a life saving move for someone with a highly compromized immune system.  The book also adds NOT TO USE ALUMINUM FOIL because when heated it emits ions. 

Gary Rose
Gary Rose

I need to repeat this here.

MMJ is the new WMD and we will be the new Fallujah if we do not get politically savvy!! We need Republican delegates at these caucuses for Ron Paul!! It gets tricky so watch this video, I learned more from it than 12 years of school about the nomination process. 

http://youtu.be/UtGRHg3a8Iw

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