Medical marijuana fees, bill prompt proposed class-action lawsuit
"My experience with MMED is that it's too hostile to the industry and has taken feathers out of its own nest by denying licenses left and right for arbitrary reasons -- and then the entities that should be paying licensing fees for the future cease to exist. So the MMED probably deserves to be in this situation."
The police database also worries Corry, "depending on how it's structured -- and the bill doesn't go into specifics about that. I think it's possible to construct one that's legal and complies with the constitution. If a patient presents a registry card, law enforcement has the power to confirm it with the CDPHE, and we don't have a problem with that. But if it's searchable by name, it could pop up in every traffic stop, just like a concealed-weapons permit. that's a violation of a patient's confidentiality. So the bill needs to be amended to make the database searchable only by unique registry number."
If, as Corry contends, the CDPHE collected more funds than necessary to pay for administration of the program, "patients need to be refunded," he says. Hence the class-action lawsuit, teased with a notice filed with Colorado Attorney General John Suthers's office yesterday and a separate letter to Colorado senators; they're both on view below.
"Whichever way the legislature acts, we're proceeding with this class action," he emphasizes. And if the bill passes and the $10 million surplus being held by the CDPHE is redistributed, "then the state will have to find it elsewhere when we prevail."
Here are the aforementioned letters.
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