Friday, January 14, 2011

Meet the medical marijuana clean-up bill

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Rep. Tom Massey
  • Rep. Tom Massey

When the Department of Revenue's Matt Cook recently spoke to a room full of Colorado county commissioners for the group's winter conference session, he promised that a clean-up bill was on its way from the upcoming legislature. Well, ladies and gentlemen, you already know House Bill 1284 — meet House Bill 1043.

Co-sponsored by Rep. Tom Massey and Sen. Pat Steadman, the bill seeks to make a number of adjustments to previously passed legislation.

For instance, in its current form — which is guaranteed to change as legislators tinker with it — it would change the residency requirement to only apply to center owners, instead of patients as well. Also affecting patients: previously anyone convicted of a felony within the last five years, or a drug-related felony ever, were prohibited from holding red cards; now only those who have been convicted of a drug-related felony in the last five years would be prohibited.

It would also mandate that a primary caregiver "who cultivates medical marijuana for his or her patients must register the cultivation site and all patient identification numbers with the medical marijuana state licensing authority and comply with all zoning and building codes."

Additionally, the bill would create two more licensure categories: a primary caregiver cultivation license, and an infused-products manufacturing license, "which allows a facility to be licensed for exclusive use by multiple infused-products manufacturers."

A call has been made to Rep. Massey for his thoughts on the bill; this blog will be updated accordingly.

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