Medical marijuana report proves Colorado MMJ being illegally diverted, advocate says
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In Gorman's mind, such motives explain why diversion takes place despite regulations intended to prevent that from happening.
"There's no way to make regulations so tight that it stops diversion unless the State of Colorado ran the dispensaries," he feels. "That's because you have a profit motive. And when you have a profit motive, that means you have to sell as much product as you can sell, and get as many customers as you can get. If you don't do that, you're going to go out of business.
"There are probably some very legitimate people who believe in what they're doing," he maintains. "But this is a good indication of what we really have out there."
Moreover, Gorman thinks the situation would grow infinitely worse should Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, be approved by Colorado voters in November.
"There would be much more of a supply, and you wouldn't have to allegedly have medical cards to buy," he says. "So you could have tourists come in from all over the country to buy their marijuana here -- and even if there are rules about possession of an ounce or less, you could go to different retail stores. And there's no limitation on how much you can grow. So I believe Colorado would become a real mecca for marijuana sales and trafficking for the rest of the country. We're already seeing that."
He points to a series of quotes from law enforcement officials across the country that conclude the report. For instance, Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department Assistant Chief Christopher Preuss writes:
Currently, you hardly see any Canadian marijuana in Richmond, Virginia, if at all. Everything I am coming across is from either from Colorado or California. The money is out there and the "medical marijuana" industry makes it profitable for the growers in CO and CA to ship to states where the drug is illegal and in demand. It was being shipped via car/truck, UPS, USPS, FedEx and shipping containers to name a few.
"California has always been considered the source state," Gorman allows. "But we're starting to see that Colorado is either rivaling California or in some cases passing it as a source state."
Gorman stresses the preliminary nature of the new study. "We will eventually do a more complete report and try to get more examples," he says. But even if "Colorado 'Medical' Marijuana," subtitled "Are Regulations Working or is 'Medical' Marijuana Being Diverted?," merely scrapes the surface of the problem, as he contends, he argues that the document contains more than enough data to muzzle the pro-medical marijuana crowd regarding diversion.
"How can you make a blanket statement that this is not happening?" he asks. "There's no evidence to support that it's not happening, and now we have evidence that it absolutely is happening."
Here's the report.
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