State health officials want new rules for the Medical Marijuana Registry

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Ken Hamblin
State health officials are calling for a public rule-making committee this fall to iron out details involving the medical marijuana patient registry, including limiting the ability of caregivers to serve more than five patients. In a letter to the Colorado Board of Health earlier this month, Ron Hyman, director of the Medical Marijuana Registry, outlined areas that he says will require a rule-making hearing on September 16.

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According to Hyman, new rules are needed because of SB 155, a bill passed this last session that requires the state to provide grant funding for medical marijuana "health effects studies." Colorado must create guidelines for the grant program, he says, and establish a full-time Scientific Advisory Council to oversee the grants. That committee should be made up of a mix of pro-pot doctors, addiction specialists and general physicians, as well as a lone patient representative.

But in addition to outlining the grant program, Hyman proposes many other rule changes that aren't related to SB 155. The biggest change would be limiting the maximum number of patients to ten that caregivers can serve with a waiver from the state. Currently, caregivers who want to help more than the allowed five patients have to apply for a waiver, and there are no limitations on how large that number can be. According to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, there were 4,702 caregivers as of May 1. The majority (99.3 percent) serve five patients or fewer; of the remaining .7 percent, 81 percent serve between six and ten patients. The remaining three were growing for twelve, twenty and seventy patients, respectively, which CDPHE officials claim can be a "public safety concern due to less structured oversight." In short: They figure the caregivers are selling surplus herb out the back door. In addition, Hyman notes, most patients with caregivers are within fifteen miles of a dispensary and are often closer to a storefront than to their own caregiver.

Currently, additional qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program have to be approved for the board of health by an "ad-hoc medical advisory panel." Hyman is suggesting that the proposed Scientific Advisory Council take over those duties. That move would remove the right of those petitioning for additional conditions to have a doctor of their choice on the committee. Instead, petitioners would file any physician recommendations for adding a condition along with the petition itself, and the decision would be up to the Scientific Advisory Council. Hyman says the move will link medical cannabis research with those who are in charge of adding new conditions.

Another proposed change would deal with the question of who can and can't get on the medical cannabis registry. Currently, state pot laws don't define a "resident," and, as it stands, someone from out-of-state can get a rental property and sign up for a medical card the same day with out-of-state information. Hyman's proposal would call for using the current standard set by the Marijuana Enforcement Division, which means your home in Colorado has to be your primary residence -- and if there's a question as to your residency, you may have to prove it with tax receipts and employment history.

Interestingly, one proposed change would make life easier for patients. Currently, the CDPHE receives nearly 10,000 requests each month from patients who want to change their primary medical marijuana centers. The centers themselves have to report their changes to the Marijuana Enforcement Division. Hyman is proposing eliminating that provision altogether, since the CDPHE doesn't have oversight of medical marijuana centers anyway. That would mean less paperwork, less time and less money spent on notaries and postage for patients wanting to switch centers.

In advance of the September 16 meeting, the CDPHE is asking patients to view the entire proposal and offer input on the CDPHE website.

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Ryan Lusby
Ryan Lusby

Limit what you can buy a day! So many people still making s buck on the underground market. People buying a quarter pound of weed a day is rediculous! And the Tax exempt BS for med card holders needs to go too. Way too many hustlers out still abusing the system! I know! (just can't say how, or I will risk my employment)

Scott Greene
Scott Greene

"Hyman notes, most patients with caregivers are within fifteen miles of a dispensary and are often closer to a storefront than to their own caregiver." If you need a caregiver chances are you are unable to make it to that store for some health reason or another even if it is only a few blocks away

Steve Bird
Steve Bird

How about a registry for people on pharmaceuticals like the ones James Holmes was on and make it so those people can't buy guns.

Steve Bird
Steve Bird

If recreational mj users can use firearms then the red card holders should be able to as well.

Steve Bird
Steve Bird

Who says that? Sounds like someone is bitter and doesn't want to be on medical.

Renee Ortiz
Renee Ortiz

I love the people that think that because they use medical, they are somehow different or better than anyone else who smokes. You're not, get over yourself.

Che Weller
Che Weller

We need to Stop the medical v recreational debate. Its all therapeutic cannabis. Whether it is for having fun, or easing an ailment. The taxes need to come way way down. No black market dealer charges tax , and if they do charge a "street tax" it is allways included in the price.40 bucks. why would anyone go to a shop who charges 40 for an eighth +a 10 dollar tax. Yer letting them turn this into a nasty little monster

Che Weller
Che Weller

What needs to be done.. isn't going to be, and what shouldnt be done, already is being done

Kedhrin Gonzalez
Kedhrin Gonzalez

Cut down people abusing it to get cheaper weed. Recreational is our way to give back to the community while buying weed. Medical should be restricted to people who have real problems, not pieces of shit trying to avoid taxes.

Bob Dobbs
Bob Dobbs

The head of the MMJ Registry is antagonistic to even the idea that cannabis is medicine and this is another step in his war on patients. Replace Hyman with a public health official who is an advocate for patients and their medicine.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

Why don't they do something to cut down the renewal time?

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

Eliminate the cdphe registry completely. It's an unnecessary waste of millions of dollars.

Patients only need a physician referral to be legal under amendment 20.

"Problem"solved.

COmidnightrider
COmidnightrider

Colorado: RIVER ROCK Dispensary Officially tied to MONSANTO

http://marketfy.com/content/46121-interview-with-paul-enright-ceo-of-united-cannabis

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https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10204529825431341&id=1404311582&ref=bookmark

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MAN, I Called THAT ONE!! I mean, 600,000 square foot warehouse in Conneticutt! And, the ULTIMATE kick in the patient's Gonads, The C.D.P.H.E. Dr. Wolk Opening Remark MMJ for Medical Professionals Conference includes speaker list with River Rock's "CAREGIVER" Tony Verzura​​ talking about patient treatment "PLANS"! Been there, the Veteran Security and their lil PTSD dog are Overbearing, first. Sensitivity with PATIENTS, even when he is two foot Bigger than you~~ Professionalism & NO FEAR. Shake for $99. an Ounce is there apparent idea of a "Treatment Plan". The New 'Trimmer' employee was unknowledgeable of the 40 per cent of Therapies available for sale in coolers, mini-frigs, racks, and multiple complicated displays. Marys Medicinals Sticks in back wall jar, no price, AND, if I wasn't personally familiar with the product or the offering, I would be Clueless and Lost, just like my "Budtender" or "Patient Therapy Professional" or "Patient Treatment Plan Facilitator" or whatever Else, the 1% er "Children of Monsanto" have come up with here! Marijuana for Medical Professionals

effort and Conference

http://mmjfordoctors.com/faculty-speakers/

STATEWIDE PATIENT FORCES, OCCUPY Volunteers,& ANONYMOUS Volunteers,& OUR 'WE THE PEOPLE' Supporters, I IMAGINE, will SOON BE ASKED ENMASS TO PUBLICLY PROTEST THESE Behind the scenes activities.

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More About the MONSANTO RIVER ROCK GROW EMPIRE, Where GMO POT GROWS?

http://mobile.theverge.com/2014/4/19/5618624/weed-greenhouses-popularity-increase

Monkey
Monkey

3 caregivers are registered to serve more than 10 patients. A new law that limits what 3 people can do is ridiculous, and any sensible law maker will realize that. Especially when limiting those 3 people will affect 102 patients. 

What kind of explanation will Larry give to those hundred patients? Your caregiver is too popular, so you can't designate him/her again?


Jay6566
Jay6566

Okay everyone, just to make sure we are on the same page. Let's continue to ignore alcohol, accept alcohol ads and revenue, forget about the problems associated like domestic violence, innocent victims getting harmed, etc. We also have to ignore smoking and the fact that cigarette manufacturer's target under-18 customers. Forget about lung cancer, throat cancer, second hand smoke effects, and everything else that is bad about tobacco.


But marijuana, hell no. No possibility of overdose, no increase in crime or violence, none of the problems that come with alcoholism or nicotine addiction. 


We have to keep the prison industrial complex afloat. Can't have those violent prison guards become cops now.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

The CDPHE's hostility towards the medicinal cannabis program and its constitutional responsibilities under that program is of long standing, and it continues.  The Department's head, Larry Wolk, does not believe any scientific grounds exist for allowing patients to use cannabis in the first place.  Wolk has already expressed concern that people becoming patients are motivated by the desire to evade the large, unconstitutional sales tax surcharges on cannabis, and these proposed rule changes should be seen as part of ongoing efforts against the medicinal use of cannabis (by abrogating caregivers' rights) which began in 2009.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... so when are you going to stop the "Black Market" vs. Government Controlled debate, fucktard?


As you said ... it's ALL therapeutic.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... Excellent!


All marijuana users should be FORCED to purchase overpriced, overtaxed, government controlled warehouse schwag from the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels!!


REGULATION WORKS !!


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RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Ron Hyman is just following orders -- send Larry Wolk the way of Chris Urbina instead!

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Hot.Sauce Article XVIII, Section 14 provides for the existence of the registry; eliminating it would require amending the Constitution.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Monkey There is one appropriate answer to claims that caregivers cannot reasonably care for more than a few patients at a time:  doctors, whose responsibility for managing the well-being of patients is greater than that of caregivers (since they routinely prescribe therapies and procedures which can kill) may see 2,500 patients in a year.  Our enemies' hypocrisy, stupidity, and incompetence each in turn astounds.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay The Establishment's maneuvering against medical cannabis should not be called a "debate".

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

... said no sane person ever.

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

Perhaps it should be called the predicted foreseeable blowback from amendment 64.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Hot.Sauce Go right ahead and call it that; it is certainly true, but backwards-looking.  Were people who use cannabis organized politically, we could have responded effectively to all the reaction; as it stands, the Denver Post and other media completely ignored the subversion of the intent of the Amendment on the part of the Task Force supposed to recommend how to implement it, just as they completely ignored the reinstitution of felonies for cannabis -- had those who stand for ending Prohibition been a political presence (instead of disgusting MIG and fellow travelers), they might have done all that, but very many more people would know about their perfidy.  We have suffered a terrible setback because of the unchallenged torrent of disinformation, but the solution is the same as it has always been:  politically educate those who use cannabis and those who don't, politically organize the former, and go head to head with the prohibitionists, not just before the legislative committees doing the hatchet work of Prohibition.

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