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Marijuana: Health Department Cannabis Meeting Today Officially Excludes the Public

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is holding a workshop today to discuss the CDPHE's role in recreational and medical cannabis. In an announcement about the semi-private event, which invitees can attend in person or via an online webinar feed, Elyse Contreras, program coordinator for the retail marijuana and medical marijuana grant programs at the CDPHE, notes that the meeting is intended to "update our local partners on latest information regarding marijuana surveillance, prevention efforts, medical research, lab regulations, infused product safety and more."

Though no rulemaking is on the agenda, several patient groups are upset that the meeting wasn't opened to the public. In fact, Westword learned about it only after activist Kathleen Chippi forwarded us a copy of the invite she had obtained.

See also: $24.7 Million in Recreational Pot, Edibles and Concentrates Sold in June

The first invitation that went out via e-mail to selected members of the cannabis industry said that no media would be invited. Westword challenged that decision, however, and we were given an invitation, as well as a log in to the online feed. According to Contreras, the meeting is purely informational -- a way for public health agency employees to get up to speed on what is happening at the state level. She said no public comment or questions will be allowed.

According to Chippi, the CDPHE pulled the online registration soon after she attempted to register. In her view, the meeting is a direct assault on patient rights. She expects that the group will focus on things like screening all newborns and mothers for THC.

The schedule sent to Westword indicates that these topics will be included in the discussion, though they appear to be only a small part. The day will also feature talks about edibles manufacturing and contaminate testing, what the state Marijuana Enforcement Division is doing with edibles inspections, location inspections and underage compliance, community programs through the Office of Behavioral Health (presumably dealing with teen use) and ways that the CDPHE can promote youth-cannabis-use prevention.

Also notable is an hour or so devoted to "outside perspectives" from a patient, a doctor and an industry representative. Cannabis advocate Max Montrose, who you may remember from his fight against a Fox31 stoned driving story, will be representing the patient/user side of things. Dr. Joe Cohen will speak on behalf of cannabis-recommending physicians and Mike Elliot with the Marijuana Industry Group is (of course) representing the perspectives of the marijuana industry.

The meeting starts at 8:30 this morning at the Courtyard Marriot Cherry Creek Skyline Ballroom, 1475 S. Colorado Blvd. in Denver, though we aren't sure if officials will actually grant access to the general public (they should). If not, you can view the day-long meeting via the CDPHE's webinar feed.

Read the entire agenda below.

Agenda for State & Local Workshop 8.14.14


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31 comments
DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... Yeah baby! ... REGULATION WORKS !!



Kate Awada
Kate Awada

You can sign up to receive invites to things like this and other updates within the industry via the states website. Colorado.gov/cdphe/medicalmarijuana then go to sign up for electronic updates.

sucka1
sucka1

Marijuana is legal now!  Yay!!!!

Daniel Pinkerton
Daniel Pinkerton

I've seen way too many webinars crash when the marshmallows hit the fan.

SpottedDick
SpottedDick

"Mike Elliot with the Marijuana Industry Group is (of course) representing the perspectives of the marijuana industry."


Boycott ALL MMIG Pig Dispensaries.


Autumn Dawn Sims
Autumn Dawn Sims

I was able to connect to adobe connect and listen and ask questions. Mostly what they are talking about is under age usage. Yes I would have loved to be there in person having it as a webinar was great.

Nelson Pineda
Nelson Pineda

i bet you these greedy mofos realized how much the retail side is getting in taxes, that they are trying to figure how to raise the medical taxes now . smh

Stephie Marshall McVay
Stephie Marshall McVay

Sneaky assholes! This is the last this we need is more shit happening behind closed doors and not inciting the public and the people this will directly effect!

Loren Bagola
Loren Bagola

we are the Government.....Cant keep us out

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

this event was not sent out in an update...

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@SpottedDick 

Reserved tables were supposed to be for CDPHE and health employee's, while those of us who 'crashed' the party had "theater seating" in the back.

After the first break Teri Robnett (CO NORML), Laura Pegram (Drug Policy Alliance) and 3 friends (one, Ms. Hacket)  moved from theater seating to a reserved table up front. Then when Mikie Elliot came in "straight from the airport after a Dr. Oz interview" he felt comfortable to sit down with his friends in front.  

His 'presentation' was nothing more but praise for the 700 some pages of new prohibition rules, especially the ones that got rid of all the dirty pot felons from owning businesses or working in the 'industry'. 


Know the enemy. 

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

HB1284 created medical marijuana businesses that do not have any constitutional protections and the last sentence of HB1284 is a SUNSET provision......something no one talks about.....yet how many attorneys encourage people to open MMJ businesses? 

HB1284 (all MMJ businesses) disappears/ends in July 2015....so they don't have to do anything BUT WAIT to get rid of all of the MMJ stores and force all patients who want to purchase their meds in a storefront to pay the rec prices and taxes. 


Now they have to work on marketing all the fake problems they have with MMJ businesses - because under the constitution they (CDPHE/state) have no authority to regulate patients and caregivers who chose not to shop and instead supply themselves.  . 

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@SansSerpens Nice bumper sticker, but not true at all.

If you believe your error, there's the libertARYAN paradise of Somalia. 

SpottedDonkey
SpottedDonkey

...Why do you use multiple screen names?

Think people are too stupid to realize you're also DonkeyHotay?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga You have not had a thought in some time.

Why do you keep being such an ass?  You get owned every time.  Don't get me wrong, it's kind of fun to make fun of you, but don't you learn? 
No, because you have not had a thought in some time.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga


Here's a thought - you're a moron.


Here's another  - you're fat


and for the trifecta ---------------------


You're ugly.  

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga You are confusing delusions for thoughts.  As stated previously, you have not had a thought in some time.  I submit your post as proof. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga 


"I submit" ---  is that what you say to your bat wielding lesbian girl friend?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fistingblues gets totally pwned, again!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay


"pwned" = rotted dick's special language.


leetspeak = geek freak  


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues 


If you're going to continue to fuck yourself in the ass in public, you might want to use more lube.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


Quote form donkey boy's mom:


If you're going to continue to fuck yourself in the ass in public, you might want to use more lube.

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