Legislators in Colorado may limit the rights to authorized medication, concern MMJ sufferers

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Cannabis was a hot topic in the Colorado legislature at that session, and House Law 1317 – which would make the state’s MMJ program more restrictive, including further regulating marijuana concentrates – passed its third reading in the House and on May 27 went on to the Senate.

But not before some lawmakers have expressed concerns about the provisions of the proposal. “I think this bill is well meant to protect our children,” said MP Kevin Van Winkle before voting no. “It’s just not quite there yet.”

In their comments on the posts on Westword’s Facebook page about our coverage of HB 1317, readers feel that the bill has already gone way too far. Says Ryan:

They are trying to limit access to your constitutionally granted rights to your medication by using random anecdotes instead of facts. If your kids get caught in your medical marijuana, it is you failing as the parent, not the already heavily regulated system.

suggests Colin:

It will kill the medicinal side of cannabis. The people who really need it are getting ripped off, but hey, they’re trying to get the rec limits up to two ounces so Sally Smurf can snap a pound and head back to Texas.

Says Ray:

Sounds like a parenting problem, not a marijuana problem. If your child commits suicide, there were far bigger problems that you, the parents, didn’t see than marijuana!

Notes Christine:

It is terrible. Nobody can even OD at high THC levels. It’ll make you dumb and foggy for a few minutes at most. This will only push people onto the black market and have a really negative impact on cannabis sales, taking a lot of money away from much-needed taxes. Call your representative. This bill is terrible, especially for medical patients.

Barbara adds:

That terrible bill is cutting out telemedicine appointments for the homebound and pretending doctors understand medical marijuana. This bill urges the same doctors who prescribe Zoloft for therapy without referral to monitor mental health for MMJ now.

Notes Josh:

Want to restrict marijuana but have no problem writing scripts for benzos, adderall, pain relievers, etc. It all comes down to money and the state is unable to tax medicinal weed like it does when recycling weed.

suggests Jack:

So from now on we can only buy schnapps shooters, right? Since our legalization model was based on that of alcohol, the rules should be universal, right?

Lynne adds:

I wish we’d look at the damage alcohol does to weed. I’m not saying that weed never does harm … just look outside. Look at the homeless, the battered women, the assaulted women, the children, the drunk driving deaths, the DEATHS. This is alcohol. People. The brothers will never let us take their beer. No matter how high the cost.

And Jason concludes:

I’m tired of people ridiculously claiming that marijuana use causes depression and suicidal thoughts. Is it so hard to understand that people who are already depressed and suicidal may be inclined to seek pain relief methods?

Of course, numbing the pain with intoxicants isn’t the solution for mental illness, but let’s stop blaming the weed for why your child is doing so badly – because that’s the thing about depression, it doesn’t always exist a clear “reason” for it.

People always try to pass the blame on. Besides … these changes won’t help. The black market will come back into effect and Colorado will only lose tax revenue.

I am a medical patient for my back (doubt the validity and I’ll show you my x-rays). Some days I need a little, some days I need a lot. It all just depends on it. Exact dosage is not practical. Plus, if I consume more one day than the other, it won’t do any harm.

HB 1317 will be heard on June 1st in the Senate’s Approval Committee. What do you think committee members should know before voting on the proposal? Post a comment or share your thoughts at [email protected] and read the latest language here.

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