So fresh, so clean

In its current state, House Bill 1043 would change the rules on felons possessing a red card; create a process wherein private caregivers would be required to register "the cultivation site and all patient identification numbers" with the state; create additional licensure categories that would allow for multiple infused-products manufacturers to register and use one site; and more.

The bill comes via two Denver state legislators: Rep. Tom Massey and Sen. Pat Steadman, who combined separate pieces of legislation in an attempt to clarify or fix points made in last year's House Bill 1284.

"We really both, Representative Massey and I, intend this to be a cleanup," says Steadman. "There have been some problems that have come to light, some things that I think are happening in the rulemaking process that are a little concerning, and so we really are wanting to just do a cleanup, make sure the law is working as intended."

Steadman says the biggest changes he'd like to see would be a change to the 35-day rule — which prevents patients from purchasing medication until physically in possession of a red card — and the current process of disallowing physicians from recommending marijuana if they have any restrictions on their license.

"I imagine this bill will be heavily lobbied and probably amended a few times, and for that reason I'm glad we only have one bill, and we'll only hopefully have to go through this once this year," says Steadman. He notes the bill is currently before the House Judiciary Committee, which will consider it Feb. 3.

Bud shake

• The public can comment on the Department of Revenue's proposed rules up until its Jan. 27 meeting. Send e-mails to mmedrulecomments@dor.state.co.us.

• The Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council (csmcc-net.org) is now offering classified space on its website. Users can list and find job postings, real estate, services and products for sale.

• Last week, the Colorado Board of Health's MMJ advisory committee removed language from its draft of new rules that would have required physicians to have a permanent location. There are several mobile outfits in the state, including Vincent Palazzotto's Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of the Rockies (mmapr.org).

• Due to patients confusing the doctor's office with a center, Green Balance Medical Center has changed its name to Vibrant Health Clinic (313 N. Tejon St., #11, 216-8367).


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