Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division gets awful grade in auditor's report

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The Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, which is charged with overseeing dispensaries and other MMJ-related enterprises, has been among the state's most beleaguered institutions for years. Note the big staff cuts last April and the September announcement that no appointments would be available until February. Even so, the damning nature of a new report from the state auditor about Colorado's marijuana regulatory system is still surprising (read it below), as is the blunt title of a release about it: "State Oversight of Colorado's Medical Marijuana Industry Ineffective."

Tomorrow morning, the Legislative Audit Committee will continue going through the audit report during a 7 a.m.-to-8:45 a.m. meeting tomorrow in the Audit Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building, and given the dismal review of the performance by the Department of Revenue, the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division's direct overseer, there should be plenty to discuss.

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Dianne Ray.
As pointed out by the release, from the office of auditor Dianne Rey, officials "envisioned a heavily regulated system that would track medical marijuana from the time the seed for a marijuana plant goes into the ground to the time medical marijuana is cultivated, packaged, and stored." But a true seed-to-sale methodology has yet to be implemented.

Why not? The MMED spent $1.1 million during fiscal years 2011 and 2012, according to the auditor's figures, to get such a system online, but the inability to pay a contractor an additional $400,000 for actual implementation means it still doesn't work. (The reason for the shortfall: "financial difficulties.") The MMED hopes to finally get things going by the end of this year, but there are no guarantees.

A related total fail: The MMED requires businesses to submit a dozen different tracking forms, including travel manifests that show when plants or products are transported from their facilities -- but at present, division personnel don't actually review them.

That's the equivalent of doing your homework and then watching the teacher toss it directly into a trashcan.

The MMED's ineptitude when it comes to strategic planning is also cited by the auditor. For instance, the division received $8.1 million in revenue during the months of July and August 2010 alone due to a mandate that businesses apply for a state license by August 1 if they wanted to keep their doors open. But this windfall didn't last, with the division experiencing nineteen consecutive months of net losses during fiscal years 2011 and 2012 -- a catastrophe displayed in this graphic.

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Continue for more about the report, including the complete document.

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Enforcement FAIL! -- there are over 7 (seven) violations of the MMED advertising REGULATIONS in the current print edition of Weedword.

Prepare to get REGULATED, suckers! ... now that the Fist of Regulation has been lubed and stimulated by this public embarrassment.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

ENFORCE HB1284 -- which calls for MMED to be self-funding from the LICENSE FEES charged to Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Pigs!

RAISE the Dispensary License and Application fees as HIGH as necessary to raise the MILLIONS $$$ needed to fund the MMED to a level that will provide the FULL and COMPLETE  REGULATION -- seed to sale -- that the MMIG pigs have begged for !!

Reap what ye sow, suckers.



Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

It looked to me like it was designed to drain dispensary startups of money so they wouldn't have the ability to defend themselves in court from fascist attacks. I guess it was just plain old dysfunctional state antics. Other than the suckers who paid to be "regulated," I"m pretty satisfied with the typical dysfunction.

Eat this pigs.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Wonder were the fuck all thoes recorders from Matt Cook that got earased discussed and could any of it be tied to this awful grade that the MMED recieved? Stay tuned to the Wasteword never to find out.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Oh and look on June 11 around the same time I made my records request 2.5 million in the red.  Damn I would really like to know what is in thoes emails now.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Wonder were the fuck all thoes recorders from Matt Cook that got earased discussed and could any of it be tied to this awful grade that the MMED recieved?  Stay tuned to the Wasteword never to find out.

Half Aspen
Half Aspen

I find it interesting that people are still surprised by the idiocy of our elected buffoons.

Samuel Walter
Samuel Walter

Damn James... No need to be a d-bag about it.

Samuel Walter
Samuel Walter

This "seed to sale" tracking idea they have is ridiculous. Have they not figured out that most grow ops make use of clones to ensure a consistent phenotype? Seeds are only used for breeding projects and initial startups. This what happens what you put people in charge who have no experience whatsoever with the process.

Andy Jackson
Andy Jackson

The movement is way ahead of the "Enforcement" it appears!!~ They are idiots!

John Lambert
John Lambert

maybe we don't need regulating as much as they do

Patrick
Patrick

So the MMED gets an F on their report card, despite millions of dollars in funding that they squandered on new offices, new vehicles, new computer systems, a seed to sale tracking system and a new central data fusion center. Who is surprised that government incompetence and greed guide the marijuana industry in Colorado?

The really sad thing about it is that these dispensaries begged to be regulated so they could feel more "legitimate". How legitimate does no regulation make them?

The moral of this story is that we have had over 3 years of virtually UN-regulated public marijuana sales and distribution in Colorado, and yet, there has been NO HARM.

STILL, no one has died of a marijuana overdose.

Remarkably, no one has gotten sick from marijuana edibles, many prepared outside of commercial kitchens without the scrutiny of the State Health Department. I would have guessed that someone would have gotten sick from food poisoning from unsanitary preparations, not from the cannabis itself, but that hasn't happened either. 

So, over 3 years of unregulated marijuana and no harm. Any self-respecting industry group would be taking this evidence to the people and lobbying for fewer regulations. This Elliot character looks like an idiot calling for more funding for enforcement. More funding for what? Where is the threat to public safety???? 

This is a golden opportunity for industry groups to make the point that they don't need all this government over-regulation, yet somehow, the only industry group that sends out press releases uses the opportunity to beg for MORE regulations and more money for more cops to enforce them.

Why are the marijuana industry groups so different from other industry groups, who generally, as a rule, fight AGAINST government regulation. Are they just stupid stoners, as Mr. Hotay supposes, or is there another reason? So hard to believe they could be so stupid, but the facts speak for themselves.


Monkey
Monkey

Next time the "regulated" tell you they're safer, more legitimate or somehow better than the unregulated, you can tell them they're full of shit and always have been. I don't blame the MMCED, I blame the ones who thought the MMCED was a good idea.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"The Medical Marijuana Industry Group"

Hey Michael, how long are you going to fellate Mike Elliot?

MMIG is an EMPTY shell of closely held dispensaries owned by Mike Elliot and pals who lobby for their OWN self interest. 

They DO NOT represent the best interests of the industry as a whole, much less the best interests of PATIENTS and CAREGIVERS.

Stop sucking their collective cocks, Michael, it's unseemly and makes you look like a low-rent whore.


WhoIsMMIG
WhoIsMMIG

Who does Medical Marijuana Industry Group represent and why are they asked for comment?  Went to mmig.org/staff/ and it looks like they are lobbyists?  Very vague wording on the website but no idea what types of businesses they represent.  They claim to represent 50 marijuana businesses in CO but no mention of any of them.  Seems very strange that you would not want to promote those businesses.  Unless it is just marketing and none of those really exist.  Shady hucksters are not what this new and growing industry needs.


Can Westword find any members of this lobbying group?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "We want more inspectors and oversight of the industry." 
-- Mike Elliot, MMIG pig

 "We want more inspectors and oversight of the industry."
-- Mike Elliot, MMIG pig

 "We want more inspectors and oversight of the industry."
-- Mike Elliot, MMIG pig


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "The Medical Marijuana Industry Group calls upon the state to properly fund the enforcement division responsible for oversight of the medical marijuana industry"

Make is SO! ... HB1284 calls for the MMED to be ENTIRELY funded from FEES collected from DISPENSARIES !! 

Give that piece of crap Elliot what he begs for -- RAISE the DISPENSARY LICENSING FEES so that MMED has the MILLIONS of $$ necessary to properly implement the REGULATIONS that carpetbagging big $$ dispensary pimps begged for !!

DO IT NOW !!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 **** Regulation Works!! ****

You stupid stoners BEGGED for this fiasco, now bück dich and take that regulation like the clueless bitches that you are.

Get REGULATED, you brain-dead bong-sucking imbeciles!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Patrick "new offices, new vehicles, new computer systems, a seed to sale tracking system and a new central data fusion center."

Regulation Works!! ... for the Regulators!

Get REGULATED, stoners, you BEGGED for IT !!


rockiesfan4life
rockiesfan4life

@Patrick You would have to get the full story to appreciate the situation for what it is, Patrick.      For 1, if anyone wants to know who is a member of MMIG, then just call Miguel Lopez for the full list.  

There is a reason the MMED is so weak.  They never actually allotted for the funding of MMED in the original constitution writing.  Only that it will be funded.  Then, the State of Colorado decided to use our MMJ license fees to try and fund MMED.  That money was supposed to be used for licensing of patients only.  The MMED stole that money for 2 years? I think?  You remember when getting an MMJ license bottle-necked for no apparent reason back in 2010 when many people were getting their cards and paying for what they thought was more personel to license expediently so patients wouldn't get arrested?

Well, when MMED tried to steal our fund again in 2011, Corey Donahue and some others filed an injunction with the supreme court beforehand and so MMED was not able to rob Colorado patients.  I drove Corey to the courthouse myself to file said injunction.

Then miraculously, patients started geting their cards on-time once again.  Instead of funding MMED from elsewhere, the state just scaled the entire operation back to a skeleton crew.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey 

SSAASSD! 

Same fucking retards have now begged for the SAME Big Government Fist of Regulation via A64 !

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  

Hey, Jackass, how long are you going to analingate Kevin Sabet, Gil Kerlikmearse and ChrisTard Turdstone? 

Your constant trolling of any discussion here makes you their Best Butt-Buddy in Colorado. 

Stop sucking their asses, Jackass, it's unseemly and shows you for the low rent whore you are.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@WhoIsMMIG ... Westweed will suck any cock for an easy news story, without doing ANY background checking or due diligence on the source.

They've been promoting a convicted sex offender repuglycan lawyer as their primary source for marijuana for years ... in spite of the fact there are HUNDREDS of better qualified attorneys who don't have a lengthy criminal record of unethical behavior. 

And the farce that is MMIG  -- private lobbyists for their own self-owned dispensaries -- never has represented "the industry", yet Michael Roberts can't get on his knees fast enough whenever Elliot and Co. whip out a self-promoting press release.

Pathetic.

Patrick
Patrick

@DonkeyHotay This man Elliot should be ashamed of himself. No industry group representative in the history of industry has ever uttered these words. But also I suppose no industry group has ever had the chance to have the government put their competition out of business through over-regulation to the extent that the marijuana industry has.  But even still, more "inspectors and oversight" will eventually cause the cost of doing business up, even for the MMIG members, whoever they are. Elliot's statements only make sense if he is PAYING OFF the MMED and thus is SECURE in his position that more regulation won't affect him or other MMIG members who are paying protection to the the MMED.

***Wish Westword would do an expose on MMIG and who funds them and how much they pay off to lobbyists and regulators.

Patrick
Patrick

@DonkeyHotay I think patients would boycott MMIG businesses if they would publish a list of them. I guess that is why their membership is so secretive. This issue is BEGGING for an investigation. Where are all the real journalists????

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay = showing off his infatuation with gay anal sex AGAIN!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = Stupid Whiny Victimization Pussy

Patient =/= "stoner", you pathetic fucking idiot

Patrick
Patrick

@DonkeyHotay There's a difference between kneeling down and bending over. :)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "HB1284 is unenforceable"

Says the legal ignoramus.

Tell that to the 100s of dispensaries who've had the FIST of HB1284 forced up their bong-hole.


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 


 Hey you fucking idiot, patient =/= "stoner"

hth you chickenshit whiny victimization pussy 

rockiesfan4life
rockiesfan4life

Correction, we filed that in 2012.

"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism..."  -Thomas Jefferson  (The Dude)

In essence, the entire MMJ and MJ legalization movement is a form of dissention so some would like to legitimize it and be protected.  Hence, MMIG.

Patrick
Patrick

@DonkeyHotay Stockholm syndrome, or just stupidity? OR do they just like the way it FEELS to be over-regulated.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Patrick

Imagine the NRA or the Colorado Restaurant Association adopting that position:

"We want more inspectors and oversight of the industry."

The ONLY "industry" or group of fools in the U$A stupid enough to beg the Government to REGULATE them are the clueless bong-sucking puerile pot punks and simple-minded stoners.

Bück Dich and get REGULATED hard, stoners.

stuka1
stuka1

@Patrick 


Rob Corry, on page 9 of his indictment of the task farce recommendations, claims that it consists solely of the owners of River Rock MMC.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Patrick ... to his credit, Billy Breathes apparently did ask for the member list, and was denied. 

Michael Roberts on the other hand rushed to put on his mil-spec knee-pads whenever they contact him to publish more of their self-serving commercial propaganda.

Boycott ALL MMIG pigs! ... they DO NOT represent the "industry" ... they are the ENEMY of all PATIENTS and Caregivers in Colorado.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = the coprophagic clown who thinks INSIDE a greenhouse is OUTSIDE.

LOL!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

Says the pig ignorant fucktard who thinks A64 bans outdoor growing.

Your Gay is showing. 

El_Derpo
El_Derpo

@stuka1 derp derp deep derp

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  

Whiny Victimization Pussies Are As Whiny Victimization Pussies Do!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = Once again showing off his penchant/fascination/obsession with gay anal sex, scat and gay fisting.

PATIENT=/= "stoner", you panty-waist fucking idiot.

hth you chickenshit victimhood-whining pussy

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay @stuka1 

Hate gays? Did I judge you for your obsession with gay anal sex, gay fisting and feces? I think not. I am merely pointing out that your fascination and obsession with gay sex, gay anal sex, gay fisting and feces is your business and not ours, AND YOU SHOULD KEEP IT THAT WAY 

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