Marijuana: Number of minors on Colorado MMJ registry jumps since CNN report

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Paige and Charlotte.
The number of minors under the age of eighteen on the Colorado medical marijuana registry grew by thirty children in September, bringing the total number of kids with parental-approved medical pot recommendations to ninety, according to state records.

That's more than double the 35 minors that were registered as of June of this year.

And Paige and Charlotte Figi are two big reasons why.

The increase coincides with Dr. Sanjay Gupta's CNN special on medical cannabis.The news feature focused in part on kindergarten-age medical cannabis patient Charlotte Figi and the success her mom, Paige, and the rest of her Colorado Springs-area family found in treating the child's rare seizure-causing disorder. After the special aired, reports of families uprooting their lives and moving to Colorado in hopes of finding some relief for their sick loved ones began to surface.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported that nearly twenty families had relocated because of access to medical cannabis. Among these recent arrivals was Mohammad Halabi, a Lebanese refugee who was living in New York City when he saw footage of Charlotte Figi. "As soon as we saw it, we knew we had to go," he told the Gazette.

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Charlotte Figi before she started MMJ-related treatments.
Dr. Alan Shackelford, a local physician who gained national attention as Figi's doctor, told us at the time that he was swamped with calls from parents at their wits' end, and that his biggest concern was that the increased demand for high-CBD oils of the sort that had helped Charlotte so much was outpacing production. If so, families might be faced with a shortage of the very medicine that had inspired their move in the first place.

Children weren't the only group whose registry numbers rose in September. State stats from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment also show a big increase in patients signing on to the registry, as well as a decline in the number of patients dropping off. Currently, there are 112,862 active red cards in Colorado, the highest number of patients registered with the state since the same month in 2011.

Active red cards grew by 3,240 people in September 2013, while the total number of new patient applications received since the program began in 2001 increased by 3,559 people. The total implies that only 319 people let their red cards expire in September. That's far fewer than several months ago, when patients were dropping off the registry by the thousands.

Aside from the patient number increases, the rest of the state-registry stats remained about the same. Roughly 33 percent of all patients are women, with an average age of 44. The average age for men is 41. Denver has the most medical marijuana patients in the state, with nearly 19,200 people. El Paso County comes in second, with 15,591 people, and 58 percent of all patients designate a caregiver or dispensary to grow their herb. Historically, a large majority opt for a brick-and-mortar dispensary over private caregivers.

Patients report multiple symptoms when getting a card, but severe pain is still the most common reason for a doctor's recommendation, with more than 105,600 people registered under that condition. Muscle spasms account for the second-highest patient population, with nearly 16,000 people.

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Dispensary Pigs continue to feel the FIST of REGULATION they begged for!


Pot shop owners struggling to find the proper containers.

Child-resistant packaging is a pillar of Colorado's rules for recreational pot shops, approved as a requirement months ago to reduce the risk of accidental ingestion by young children.


But several business owners say they are struggling to find vendors that manufacture the proper bags or can supply enough to meet demand in time for the opening of the first stores Jan. 1.


All retail pot products leaving shops — from buds to brownies — must be placed in opaque and child-resistant packaging.


State regulators are not sympathetic. The packaging requirements were the subject of high-profile debate, were approved Sept. 9 and put into effect Oct. 15, said Julie Postlethwait, spokeswoman for the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division. She said it is disappointing if store owners waited until the last minute.


"This is not a surprise that came and hit them over the heads," Postlethwait said. "The main point here, the focus the industry tends to forget, is we exist in order to ensure public safety. You don't want a child ingesting high-potency infused products. The risk is a child's health."


Industry representatives say they are committed to following the rules and keeping pot away from children. But they say they also are juggling a number of regulatory demands as they rush to prepare.


Some prospective pot-shop owners — most are awaiting licensing and inspection approval that will allow them to open — say they've just recently found solutions to avert a packaging crisis.


Companies are pitching packaging, but business owners remain skeptical there will be enough to go around.

Ryan Cook, a co-owner of The Clinic in Denver, a chain of medical marijuana dispensaries branching into retail sales, said he ordered packaging from China before the final state rules were issued because the turnaround for delivery is about three months.

Now, he is sitting on $40,000 worth of bags that don't pass muster because they are opaque on one side and clear on the other.

"For us, it was an unfortunate situation," Cook said. "But now I think the whole industry is faced with, 'Can everyone get the packaging they need in the time frame they need it?' That might be an uphill battle."


The Clinic prepackages its products at a warehouse and ships them to its six dispensaries, making tracking easier and more secure, he said. But Cook can't prepackage in darkened bags because customers want to see what they're shopping for. Something will need to change, he said.


"It stinks," Cook said. "It's our mistake. We knew the rules were coming out. But we were under the impression we had a package that was considered child-proof, resealable and tamper-proof."


An August report from researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health and Children's Hospital Colorado predicted accidental marijuana ingestion by children would be cut nearly in half if the state required opaque, child-resistant packaging for pot leaving stores.


Colorado saw a rise in emergency-room visits by children who had ingested pot after medical dispensaries grew in number.


                              **** REGULATION WORKS!! ****


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

From the SSAASSD files -- 

Wendy's worker drops pot in burger, gets arrested


ATLANTA — A Wendy's employee who dropped a partially smoked blunt in a customer's cheeseburger has been fired and charged with marijuana possession.


Police in the city of Lovejoy, Ga., about 25 miles south of downtown Atlanta, said a customer drove home with her food on Nov. 1, took a bite out of the burger and noticed a strange smell wafting from it.

The woman pulled the bun off and saw a partially smoked blunt inside, police said. A blunt is marijuana rolled into a hollowed-out cigar.

The woman called the restaurant's manager and met there with police soon afterward.

In an incident report released Thursday, authorities said 32-year-old Amy Elizabeth Seiber admitted that the marijuana belonged to her as soon as she saw police standing in the restaurant with her manager.

Seiber told Officer Randall Rowland that it wouldn't make any sense to lie about the marijuana, since she and the restaurant's manager were the only ones working when the customer placed her drive-thru order, Rowland wrote in the report.

Seiber apologized, saying she had misplaced the marijuana, Rowland wrote.

elkabong
elkabong

Wasn't REGULATION supposed to keep marijuana out of the hands of children?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hey Billy,

Your lengthy and detailed article on DUI marijuana arrests is lost and buried ... because you forgot to include the Categories: Marijuana , Crime, etc links on the page.

Your loss, and loss of internet cross-traffic ... and advert revenue for Westweed

HTH,

Donkey


PS: same Categories: Marijuana link is missing from all your "Ask a Stupid Stoner" columns, though one could see why you'd want to keep those hidden from public view. The humiliations corporate "journalists" have to suffer for a paycheck, eh?



Kendra Bell
Kendra Bell

Awesome! I think it's medicinal value is amazing. It's the only thing that truly helps my anxiety/ depression. I tried paxil, wellbutrin, effexor, depakote, prozac, trazodone.. none helped, what little improvement they provided was over-shadowed by the onset of other side-effects.. Unfortunately I'm on probation for illegally possessing xanax (self medicating my anxiety before quality medical quality marijuana was made legal) and I'm not allowed to use MMJ while on probation :( The system has failed me. I'm currently on citalopram and elavil, which with exercise moderately help, but as soon I am done with probation I'm ditching them for MMJ. As for the ways it's helping kids and other ill people it's GREAT!

stevebeast
stevebeast

hope they have some of that strain stashed around and the dea doesn't destroy it......

David Spohn
David Spohn

Good for them!! Choosing what's right for them, instead of being brainwashed by big medicine!!!

Joshua Allen Pulliam
Joshua Allen Pulliam

How the government has patented cannabinoids still beats me... its just a plant like onion, garlic, herbs and spices which all have various medicinal properties.

Maggie May
Maggie May

Every time this comes up it makes me so emotional. I moved here recently to have MMJ access and my life is better for it. It's terrible that these families have to try all these harmful Rx drugs first and uproot their lives for access to this medicine. And I know from personal experience that there is a certain amount of ridicule that comes with that decision. I think the Stanley brothers are going to keep doing CO proud! :)

mattleising
mattleising

It's good to see parents are taking notice to the benefits of CBD. Hopefully, over time, more research will be allowed to be done on this so we can better understand how and why it has so many benefits and what all of those benefits are in their entirety. I have a feeling we've only hit "the tip of the iceberg."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "skyrockets" ?

Hype much?


"Roughly 33 percent of all patients are women"

Proof that women don't get as sick as men ... or aren't willing to fake sickness just to get high like men do.


"58 percent of all patients designate a caregiver or dispensary to grow their herb. "

That leaves 42% who either grow their own, or aren't willing to expose their private caregivers to the intrusive law-enforcement state regulatory system, coupled with the large portion of the 58% who do designate and use a private caregiver over dispensaries, that means the VAST MAJORITY of patients DO NOT use the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels selling overpriced, overtaxed, over-regulated, environmentally noxious warehouse schwag.

stuka1
stuka1

Desperate parents will try anything.

FrankM
FrankM

Well, slightly better than finding a cock-roach in your hamburger.

WashParker
WashParker

This takes place in Georgia smart guy, where there is no regulation.

FrankM
FrankM

What DUI article? I haven't seen one.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Natasha Schwertley True enough, Natasha. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Kendra Bell Interesting story, Kendra. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Kendra Bell " Unfortunately I'm on probation for illegally possessing xanax (self medicating my anxiety before quality medical quality marijuana was made legal)"

Huh?

You were willing to break the law -- felony -- to illegally obtain, possess and use Xanax but weren't smart enough to simply break a much lesser law -- petty offense -- to obtain, posses and use marijuana?

Drug addicts tell pathetic lies to excuse and justify their addictions.



michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@David Spohn More and more people would agree with you, David. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Maggie May Thanks, Maggie. We're going to make your post an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Missy Rhysing She is indeed. Thanks for posting, Missy.

sucka1
sucka1

@DonkeyHotay    You did it.....you figured out your own password.  Congratulations.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@WashParker @WashParker


"Number of minors on Colorado MMJ registry jumps" takes place in Georgia?


Does it hurt to be so stupid?


.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@FrankM


Exactly! ... Billy wrote a rare, excellent, well-researched article on the recent DUI-marijuana statistics ... then like a stoner he forgot to place the "Categories: Marijuana" tag/link at the top of the story, so it now gets lost as an orphan article apropos of nothing.


I'd give you a direct link to it, but then I'd be doing Billy's job for him, and I don't get paid enough for that ... then again, neither does he apparently.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@michael.roberts ... continue to feed the idiocy that surrounds marijuana, and pimp for the Snitchley brothers who helped implement that massively over-restrictive dysfunctional HB1284 that begat the insatiable, incompetent MMED.


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