CannaBiz: New bill could change edibles status 

No soup for you?

Coming on the heels of the far-reaching House Bill 1243 — which seeks to modify multiple portions of Colorado's existing medical marijuana laws — the one-page House Bill 1250 started out with a simple goal: prohibit marijuana-infused products.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Cindy Acree, R-Arapahoe, and Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Weld County. Neither returned calls before press time, so we couldn't confirm a Colorado Independent report that the bill is being revised, possibly to allow for edibles that are created in Colorado and marketed like medicine.

But we did reach Tanya Garduno, president of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council, who's not sure what the lawmakers are thinking when they say they're trying to protect children from colorfully marketed edibles.

"Really what we should be doing is educating teachers and educators on what to look for," Garduno says. "They should know if students are bringing anything that's medicated to school. But to force patients who can't smoke or inhale to have to be able to take their medication that way, that's just ridiculous. A lot of my patients can't smoke at all, and to take away their edibles would take away their lifeline.

"I just can't believe that they've come up with this."

The bill's next step is public consideration on March 1.

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Shan Moore, the father of a 16-year-old Sierra High School student and medical marijuana patient, says his son has been allowed to return to school after medicating, reversing a position the district had taken before coming under intense scrutiny.

• Attend the weekend boot camp from Americans for Safe Access from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 19-20 at the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado (315 E. Costilla St., safeaccessnow.org/activistbootcamp). Tickets are $75.

• The next meeting of the Marijuana Patient Advocates is from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20 at the East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd., marijuanapatientadvocates.com).

Colorado Springs city government had its highest MMJ-related sales tax month ever, collecting $61,032 in December of last year. The previous monthly high was the $56,992 collected in September. This brought the total sales tax collected in 2010 to $549,414, compared with the 2009 total of $110,765.

• The Denver Post reported last week that House Bill 1043, the MMJ cleanup bill, hit its first round of revisions. Gone are the looser restrictions on felons owning centers, and clarified further are rules like a 500-plant cap for infused-products manufacturers and stiffer penalties for people who reveal private patient information. The bill's next stop is the House Appropriations Committee.


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