Friday, June 11, 2010

Colorado wants you! (For medicinal cannabis)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 2:51 PM

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment wants to form a "Medical Marijuana Registry Advisory Committee" to help advise the department's head about rule-making for the fledgling industry, as required by the recently passed House and Senate bills.

"The committee will develop recommendations regarding implementation of these two new laws," says a release. "The department’s executive director shall consider the recommendations forwarded by the committee for official rulemaking before the State Board of Health."

The board will be comprised of 11 members: nine from the masses — that's you — and two from the department: the director of the MMJ registry and Colorado's head medical officer.

The open public positions are as follows:

· A patient holding a valid, active medical marijuana registration card
· A primary care giver registered with the department
· An owner/operator of a medical marijuana center as defined in HB10-1284
· A physician holding an unrestricted, active Colorado license who recommends medical marijuana to appropriate patients in his or her practice
· A Colorado licensed health care worker who specializes in addiction medicine
· A Colorado licensed health care worker who specializes in chronic pain management
· A Colorado licensed health care worker who specializes in oncology/cancer care
· A representative of the Colorado law enforcement community
· A Colorado district attorney or representative of the district attorney community

Members will meet at least once a month for the next year, and must play nice with others (though unconfirmed reports indicate friendly biting will be allowed). Applications are, like everything else these days, due June 30, 2010, and can be found here, or mailed to:

Karin McGowan
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive S.
Denver, CO 80246-1530

In a last interesting note:

"It is estimated there are 94,000 people who have successfully applied to the registry this year. Of that number, approximately 70,000 applicants are in the backlog of applications still being processed and awaiting their official registry card. The department is seeking additional resources to eliminate the backlog within the next six months."

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