Marijuana: Bill that would transfer MMJ patient fees for drug counseling gutted

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A bill that would have used $10 million in medical marijuana patient registration fees for drug-treatment programs has been gutted for the second year in a row. The Representative Beth McCann-sponsored House Bill 1238, would have transferred $10 million over the next four years from the medical marijuana program cash fund to the Colorado Department of Human Services, where it would have been earmarked for marijuana and prescription-drug abuse treatment programs. The current, amended version of the bill does nothing of the sort.

The initial proposal was nearly identical to a section of a bill that failed last year. It would have used patient money to not only fund drug treatment centers, but also to help pay for a computer system linking law enforcement with the confidential patient database.

Since its introduction this session, however, the language of HB-1238 has changed considerably, and the proposed money transfer was dropped entirely: Apparently someone had reminded lawmakers that the concept was blatantly illegal, as activists pointed out last year.

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Beth McCann.
This information might have come from activist Richard Wainwright, who filed a complaint in Denver District Court on April 15 about the bill's original bill language. In the document, he notes that current Colorado law makes it clear that "transfer of funds for purposes other than direct or indirect administrative cost from the medical marijuana program cash fund is not permitted."

Two days later, the newly amended HB-1238 bill made its way to the full House. The summary of the current measure still mentions transferring money from the MMJ patient fund to treatment programs, but the actual bill no longer contains any such language. Instead, the reworked version would untether the state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division and local municipalities.

Currently, the MMED has to wait until a municipality has finished licensing a medical marijuana business before the state can collect the business's Colorado fees. The revised bill would allow the state to collect fees and license medical marijuana businesses without waiting for cities and towns to go through their own processes first. The concept is to get money to the cash-strapped MMED quickly, so that it can keep up with licensing demands.

As it currently stands, the bill would also require the MMED and local licensing authorities to post lists of all businesses that have been accepted and denied licenses. The amended bill has passed through the House and now is headed to the Senate, where it has yet to be assigned to a committee.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical marijuana fees, bill prompt proposed class-action lawsuit."


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BuddJones
BuddJones

Nevada lawmaker wants to legalize marijuana for recreational use

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A state lawmaker wants to make it legal to possess marijuana for recreational use, but experts say his proposals presents problems.

If Assemblyman Joe Hogan introduces his bill in Carson City as planned on Friday, Nevada would become the sixth state to consider decriminalizing pot.

But Nevada is already struggling with the law that allows medical marijuana, and some question whether it's wise to make something legal at the state level that could still land you in federal prison.

Some, like Petrija Simic, feel marijuana should only be used as medicine. She says, "Not for really enjoying because then it becomes, they become addicted."

Others, like Kristy Haslett say, a few puffs can't hurt. She says, "I think if it's recreational and people aren't getting into trouble with selling and you know, they just want to sit home and relax? I really don't see any harm in it"

Criminal defense attorney Vicki Greco says, "From seeing the type of crimes that come across my desk, marijuana generally isn't the basis of any of these crimes. I feel that I've seen alcohol destroy more families and homes than I have marijuana."

Greco says full implantation of a recreational use law is an uphill battle.

"Even it's decriminalized at the legislature you're probably looking at four or five years for the other laws to catch up."

Greco says those laws would have to address how recreational marijuana would be supplied, potency levels and where and how it could be smoked and sold.

According to Greco, "If they decriminalize it and say we can buy it at 7-11 like a pack of cigarettes or a beer, what's the age?"

Plus, pot possession would still violate federal law.

Another bill in the works would create a system to dispense medical marijuana. It's legal to use it, but there's no legal way to get it.


RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

William, this was not very timely reporting; McCann changed HB13-1238 into an effort to let the MMED collect licensure fees at the time of application in anticipation of issuance of a license to speed revenue to it (in order to process the backlog of employee clearances) on March 19, before the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee.  I had downloaded the bill the night before the hearing, but McCann had made a strikethrough amendment replacing the entirety of the language by means of an e-mail to members that afternoon -- as is often the case, the public can have no idea what their supposed representatives are up to unless they hang out in the Capitol and watch them.  I asked the Committee members to censure McCann for proposing what she must know to be illegal (they did not seem to understand the request -- no surprise, for this scofflaw is a point-person for the Democrats on the Law). I also complained that Colorado government is supposed to be open and pointed out that the GA had misled the public as to the content of the bill, which at least one member acknowledged was wrong.  After explaining the entire situation and receiving that acknowledgement, one of the Democrats piped up to say that bills are available online -- at least half that committee had no idea what was going on -- with McCann's bill, what Colorado's medical cannabis law is, and, probably, who is President, even after fulsome explanation.  I would like to run a citizen-initiative mandating neurological examination of legislators and the disqualification of those found non compos mentis.



stuka1
stuka1

McCann <=== prohibitionist asswipe who believes Reefer Madness "marijuana is addictive" horseshit.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

Why treat addiction when you can make more money incarcerating people?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** Marijuana legalization in Colorado may not pay for itself, study finds ***

Legal marijuana in Colorado may not bring in enough money to cover the societal costs of legalization, a new study from a Colorado State University think tank concludes.

The analysis, by the university's Colorado Futures Center, also argues that revenue from marijuana taxes won't do much to help Colorado's budget and that money generated for new school construction won't reach the $40 million annual target that supporters of marijuana legalization set when campaigning for Amendment 64, the measure that legalized use, limited possession and commercial sale of marijuana for adults in Colorado.

"These questions are of even more concern in light of our expectation that the most productive marijuana tax years will be the years just after legalization," the center wrote in its report.

http://coloradofutures.colostate.edu/cfc-amendment-64-study/



The BIG LIE promoted by the LYING POT PIMPS is EXPOSED as a FRAUD!

So much for the Clueless Fools and Delusional Dipwads who've been touting the WILD RICHES to be reaped by both the public  and the Government Tax coffers if pot were Regulated and TAXED.

So where are the BAJILLIONS promises by these stoner math failures?


nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

The MMED wildly mismanaged every penny they have seen thus far, i see no reason to rush in getting them more money.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @RobertChase

[A64 is full of] unnecessary limitations and regulations" -- Robert Chase


"[A64 is] a regime of unnecessarily harsh or restrictive regulations on the use of cannabis" -- Robert Chase


"There is no doubt that if Amendment 64 passes, prohibitionist cops who think that they can get away with it could harass home-cultivators" -- Robert Chase



"Clearly what I write about Amendment 64 does not gibe exactly with what the campaign for the Amendment does. " -- Robert Chase



"I agree that [Amendment 64 ] should not be called a 'legalization initiative'". -- Robert Chase



"Granting the DOR regulatory authority over retail sales of cannabis is not bad at all" -- Robert Chase 



"Of course I do not trust them ... I do not like the MMED" -- Robert Chase

BuddJones
BuddJones

Gucci, Cartier, Louie Vuitton, Bugs Bunny, Victoria's Secret, and Samantha's Old Fashion Bubble Butter Hash. That's what you'll find in the Creek along with elegantly scented Pot Bags to stash your ounce of Wonder Woman in while you shop the Mall. Your Skinny Jeans match our Prerolled Joints perfectly!.

BuddJones
BuddJones

@Chareese Erickson LopezPolo Club parties are now a blast since retirees and socialites have found the medicinal benefits of Medical Marijuana also liven up the night too. These swinging former Bank CEOs and their attorney-laden soon to be ex wives are smoking up more Pot in those mansions than was smoked at Woodstock.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Chareese Erickson Lopez 

HipTip: A Democracy Gets the Government it Deserves.


BuddJones
BuddJones

@stuka1The Highlands community prides itself in upscale renovated urban architecture that houses many Medical Marijuana dispensaries. There's no shortage of Cannabis lovers here as the OG Kush fumes accentuate fresh smell of Stir Fried vegetables served up with Coronas by 420 Friendly waiters at sidewalk cafes .

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1  = prohibitionist scumbag

"The fact is, I'm fine with kids 18-21 not being able to buy it"
-- stuka1

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@BackOffImStarving ... why not FORCE suckers and chumps to do BOTH ??

Win - Win !!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <=== panders anti-cannabis propaganda

HipTip: Most people who voted for A64 don't give a flying fuck about any talk of tax revenue. 

hth moron

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@nemopunk15 ... knowing the utter FAILURE of the MMED ... those clueless fucktard McLawyers who wrote A64 and the drooling dipshits who voted for it SURE WERE SMART to SURRENDER TOTAL CONTROL of Recreational Marijuana to the SAME insatiable, incompetent Dept. of Revenue and the Prohibitionist Politicians who control them, eh?


BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotay@RobertChaseMedicate well then visit the Denver Zoo, the Museum of Natural History and Sciences, play tennis or golf at City Park, or shop for a home at the new Stapleton or Lowry development areas. Great scenery and visuals after a little Banana Kush or Sensi Star Cross Hybrids topped with Red Cherry Hash Oil .

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  

Use the whole quote when you quote-mine, bitch. 

"...up until the day YOU turn 21."

BuddJones
BuddJones

There's so much to do on Colfax that we recommend medicating before strolling The Strip that runs from Limon to the Foothills. Dr. Marijuana prefers ChemDawg or AK-47 for nights out on the town cruising Broadway for Deep Discounts on Bongs, Buds, and ounces of Top Shelf Premium Hybrid Sativa or Indica Shake.

BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotaySales quotas, executive reports, staff meetings, rush hour traffic, too short lunch hours, other sales people stealing your leads, commission charge backs, pending divorce, and the home is in foreclosure. Chill out dude. Those chronic muscle spasms can be resolved with Medical Marijuana. See your Doctor.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = lying ignorant cunt who doesn't speak for most voters.


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay More like inept, ineffective, inefficient, incompetent morons.  Keeping them up to their ass in alligators will keep them off of everyone's backs.

hth fucking moron.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = sends 10s of THOUSANDS of ADULTS under 21 into the insatiable maw of the criminal justice system for his own selfish perversions.

... like the punk bitch that he is.

BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotay@stuka1Martinis, Babes, Harleys, Sunsets, Cheeba Chews, and Sour Diesel. What's the point of registering for a Colorado Medical Marijuana permit if you cannot enjoy it. Do your work! Get Legal! Enjoy Life! Party all night long at Union Station or just walk the 16th Street Mall while sucking on a THC Tasty Tootsie Roll

stuka1
stuka1

<yawns at Donkey the obvious pathological liar>

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