Wednesday, June 1, 2011

MMJ news: Lawyer to sue state; business is booming; and developments in El Paso County

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 7:25 PM


A quick round-up of recent developments:

• Yesterday, the El Paso Board of County Commissioners extended its current policies regarding medical marijuana through July 1. The board has been looking at aligning its own rules with those of the state, and will meet again June 14 to make a final determination regarding permanent regulations and license fees.

"We are continuing these agenda items to allow more time for detailed discussion on all of the particulars related to the County’s amended policies and license fees for these facilities,” says Commissioner Amy Lathen in a release.

Westword reports that Denver attorney Rob Corry is a-fixin' to sue the state over legislation filed in the past 18 months attempting to regulate Colorado's medical marijuana industry.

"There's a provision in the Colorado constitution that says the state legislature is required to pass any regulations related to medical marijuana by April of 2001 — and it did pass a bill before that date. So there's an argument that 1284 and 109 are untimely and should be thrown out in total. By passing regulations after the industry was already in existence, the state acted too late — and the constitution says that in black and white."

• Finally, the Denver Post reports that the state's MMJ centers have been doing much better than expected.

The state Department of Revenue is preparing to issue its first dispensary licenses and to aggressively enforce the new regulations.

Still, of the 818 dispensaries that originally applied for licenses in August, 759 have managed to navigate the rules and remain on track to receive one. That is a drop-off of about 7 percent.

If there is a pot bubble in Colorado, it hasn't popped yet.

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