Friday, August 27, 2010

You say 'patient,' I say 'caregiver'

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Let's call the whole grow off.

Or, so you might want to do after reading Westword's story regarding the wording in House Bill 1284, which states, "A patient who has designated a primary caregiver for himself or herself may not be designated as a primary caregiver for another patient."

The Denver newspaper spoke to an anonymous man who said he was taking 22 medications "and basically puking them up as soon as [he] took them," says the report. He started growing his own medical marijuana, and has knocked that list down to 14.

Before long, he decided to become his own caregiver. A couple of years later, he'd gained enough experience, and had enough medicine, "to help other people," he notes. "I became a caregiver for one patient first, and then another. And in working that out and learning how to grow, I became friends with another fellow who's also a patient. And he became my caregiver, and I became his caregiver. But now, the new law prohibits that, as I read it."

And it does. Spokesman Mark Salley at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told the newspaper: "If someone is a patient, and something comes through for them identifying that patient as a caregiver, the application would be denied."

To summarize, as one story commenter put it:

A law passed without anyone knowing what's in it. Imagine my surprise.

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