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Photos: Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of America rally at state health department

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Vincent Palazzotto.
As part of a Medical Marijuana Day of Action prompted by U.S. Attorney John Walsh's seizure letters to 23 dispensaries near schools, the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of America (MMAPA) held a rally outside the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, whose approach to allegedly fraudulent MMJ license applications could leave hundreds of patients in limbo for six months or longer. Around 25 demonstrators, including MMAPA members, came out in support.

MMAPA's founder Vincent Palazzotto led the rally. "We're calling on our representatives to say that medical marijuana patients really have a voice in what's happening," he says. "Six months for patients to have to wait for their medicine while the CDPHE understands exactly what's happening from a patients perspective -- I think it's an atrocity. It delegitimizes the industry and the patients, who rely on this as medicine to regain that quality of life."

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Demonstrators outside the CDPHE offices.
Other supporters included Thomas Bowler, owner of Med Stop LLC, one of the dispensaries that's received Walsh's letter.

"I've worked with the local police who are stationed within the schools," Bowler says, adding that "if there's ever an incident" with students he's caught smoking marijuana behind his store, "I'll call the officer at the Denver West. He comes over, reviews the video cameras, and they kind of know who it is. But that's it. I won't be doing that in the future, because our store won't be there anymore."

For the health department's perspective on license denials and rejections, read our interview with CDPHE director Dr. Chris Urbina.

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leftover crack
leftover crack

25 people!? oh mama will that get their attention and get them to change their ways. how in the world could they ignore 25 people? you do realize that you all look like a bunch of assholes out there don't you? CO mmj, my new favorite joke.

Mike
Mike

25 people is successful??? Palazatto is as full of shit as is his silly companies. He has tried everything to scam the community, and this lack of support is indicative of how the industry, and the patients feel about him, and his crooked business dealings.The mobile doctors that this shill owns is one of the main reasons that there were PA's issuing licenses. Instead of paying real doctors they tried to save money by hiring non qualified people to do a Doctor's job. Another ruse to pocket more $$$ under the guise of working with indigent patients. Not only have they left lots of patients in limbo, they also make a mockery of "Rea; Doctors" by having their traveling snake oil trailers following legitimate MMJ businesses, and true activist assemblies!GO AWAY!!! 

Leave Behind
Leave Behind

Thank-you for everyone who came out to show their support for patients today!  It was a pleasure seeing everyone taking action in contacting their representatives and providing a voice for patients everywhere.

A very successful 'Day of Action'! Bravo!!!

Eves
Eves

Thank you MMAPA for being our voice today!

Dudesandgirls80
Dudesandgirls80

Med stop owner is a snitch..so is that what you had to do to keep your buisness running. Karma sucks!

Dudesandgirls80
Dudesandgirls80

Med stop owner is a snitch..so is that what you had to do to keep your buisness running. Karma sucks!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Palazotto raises valid objections to the conduct of the CDPHE.  Without getting into the merits of this demonstration or MMAPA, how absurd it is for someone to sit on the sidelines and carp about how few people turned out.  What are you doing for patients' rights and to end Prohibition?

Powderdayfortad
Powderdayfortad

Lol. And if you owned a liquor store and high school kids where drinking behind your store constantly, you would be o.k. with that too? It's private property. Get it? It's not about getting kids in trouble, It's about keeping them from congragating and smoking pot during school hours. 

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