Medical marijuana industry-related bills alive in House and Senate

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A Colorado House bill that would create a marijuana responsible-vendor program in the state moved through a second Senate reading Monday without any amendments, paving the way to final approval on a third reading. If passed -- which seems likely at this point -- HB 1061 would allow the state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division to approve responsible medical marijuana vendor programs. The proposal doesn't require dispensaries to participate in the programs, though. The designation is purely voluntary.

The bill doesn't really define "responsible," but it does set some minimum guidelines for what the programs have to teach -- including licensing, regulations and basic customer interactions, such as checking marijuana registry cards. If a center's employees pass through the program, they can receive state-approved certification that they're "responsible."

The bill's sponsor, Representative Dominick Moreno, says similar programs exist in other industries, including the bar business. But critics charge that it could become yet another step in the already burdensome medical marijuana licensing process.

Moreno's bill isn't the only industry-related proposal being considered at the Capitol this year.

Currently, Colorado tax returns are based on federal taxable income -- but you can't deduct marijuana business expenses on a federal return, because marijuana is still illegal at the national level. Therefore, deducting business expenses from a state return is not allowed. In January, Representative Daniel Kagen introduced HB 1042, which would allow medical marijuana dispensary owners to deduct business expenses from their state tax returns. The bill would apply to anyone licensed to work in medical centers, grow facilities, pot kitchens and testing labs. It would also cover recreational businesses if/when those are approved.

After it was assigned to the House Appropriations Committee in early February, however, HB1042 stalled. Since the bill has a "bit" of a general-fund impact in terms of reduced revenue, and will cost something to implement, a committee staffer explains, it cannot be heard until the state budget is approved. That should happen in the next few weeks.

SB12-051, introduced by Senator Randy Baumgardner, would require an annual inspection of commercial grow operations and caregiver gardens by the MMED, which is under the Department of Revenue; those inspections would cost the growers $100 a year. While commercial centers for both medical and recreational cannabis are targeted, the financial impact statement attached to the bill says the real aim is to go after private caregivers and hold them responsible.

But the bill itself notes that there are only a dozen primary caregivers registered with the Department of Revenue -- and many growers argue that such inspections aren't necessary, since the Colorado Constitution only requires the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to keep that data. Even more worrisome to them is the fact that the bill, which has stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee, would also give fire departments access to the confidential medical marijuana patient database stored at the state health department.

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Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Where is the constitutional support for inspecting caregivers' gardens? Why do I think patents' gardens are next? Add to that A64 growers. I see a de facto ban through "regulation."

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

I though we legalized cannabis?  Why are we worried about medical marijuana everything is now legal.  Unless we were lied to.  Did you lie to the people Wil Breaths and the Wasteword?

Monkey
Monkey

"there are only a dozen primary caregivers registered with the Department of Revenue"

What were these 12 clowns thinking? They submitted confidential information contained in the health departments registry, unless their patients specifically gave their caregiver permission to do this,  that's illegal.

John Anthony Gadd
John Anthony Gadd

Chris Estus, how does the transition from medical to recreational have anything to do with taxes?

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

Fuck MMJ drug stores. These people are no better than the loser polititions they support. Just follow the money.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

" Even more worrisome to them is the fact that the bill, which has stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee, would also give fire departments access to the confidential medical marijuana patient database stored at the state health department."

Any questions on the true intent of legal MJ of any kind? Wait until you need your retail license. It will be so easy for the fed to clamp down when Dick-in-loper is gone on to his new job that he got for the guns laws.  

Chris Estus
Chris Estus

No they are already being giving the A64 year advance on retail bussiness before anyone else can compete. Screw them and riase the tax to 100%.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Absolutely. Every other business can why not MMJ?

stuka1
stuka1

Really, William. What's up with the photo that looks like Scumbag Steve jacking off?

Isn't this post supposed to be about medical laws? Patients....?

Rick Wainwright
Rick Wainwright

Yes they should. The state wants the taxes.. then give the businesses their deductions like any other business in the State of Colorado

Mozart99
Mozart99

Our government already can't handle the jobs it has. Why add more work. And what is the point if vendors are not required to join. Another sign of the government not liking that people took power out of their hands. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"the financial impact statement attached to the bill says the real aim is to go after private caregivers and hold them responsible."

Another Exclusionary Special Interest Trojan Horse from the MMIG Pigs and their McLawyer Lobbyists.

You know the position by now, Stoners ... Bück Dich!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey ... stupid stoners are oblivious to legal realities.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@John Anthony Gadd ... A64 explicitly authorized a special Excise Tax on marijuana, promising that the first $40 MILLION would go to schools.

There is no such tax on "medical" marijuana ... in fact if it really were honest "medicine", it would be Tax Exempt as are all other prescribed medications in Colorado.

hth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom "polititions" [sic]

HipTip: fewer margaritas, more spell check

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom  ... Stupid Stoners BEGGED for this Government FIST ... Stupid Stoners DESERVE this Government FIST!


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = continues to display his penchant for gay sex, extreme perverse acts, and scat.

HipTip: "patient" =/= "stoner"

hth fucking moron.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 


= King of Victimization Whiners

Patients/caregivers =/= "stoners".

hth you chickenshit whiny pussy moron 

onevoice420
onevoice420

@DonkeyHotay @onevoice420 for you, troll = middle aged man living off unemployment in his mothers basement with nothing better to do than comment negatively on every westword post. i feel sorry for you and your mother. MOM! meat loaf!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay "If it were TREATED HONESTLY, like OTHER medicines..."

fixed!

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

Don't drink or type.

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay   = can't stop thinking about scat and fisting and gay sex.....can't stop fantasizing about scat and fisting and gay sex...can't stop obsessing about scat and fisting and gay sex...can't stop inflicting his irrelevant scat and fisting and gay sex fantasies on the pages of this obscure entertainment blog...  

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

The Jackass' favorite saying: "Bück dich!"

From WIKI: ""Bück dich" ("Bend down," "Bend over") is a song by the Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein that first appeared on their second full-length album, Sehnsucht. The lyrics refer to SODOMY.



This song is best known for its live performance. When performing it live, vocalist Till Lindemann has simulated anal sex with keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz using a dildo. Christian "Flake" Lorenz has confirmed in an interview that the dildo squirts a mixture of Pernod liquor and water; however, bandmate Paul Landers claims it's water and Ouzo."



DonkeyHotay= PROVEN obsessed with GAY ANAL SEX

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  It's all you talk about. Besides whining and crying  about how A64 is the cause of every ill in the world, of course. 

@DonkeyHotay = King of Victimhood Whiners

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... who said anything about gay sex?

You project way too much, closet boy.

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