Last week, Gov. Ritter signed into law two milestone legislative bills that will provide regulatory oversight of Colorado’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry.
SB 10-109 (sponsored by Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, and Senate Minority Whip Nancy Spence, R-Centennial; and Reps. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs, and Beth McCann, D-Denver) regulates physicians authorized to prescribe medical marijuana. To wit, the bill requires that prescribing physicians have a “bona fide” relationship with patients for whom they have prescribed medical marijuana, which includes conducting a full medical history and discussing the condition for which medical marijuana is being prescribed and possible alternative treatments. The law also prohibits doctors from receiving compensation from medical marijuana dispensaries.
Of the two bills the governor signed, HB 10-1284 (sponsored by Reps. Massey and Ken Summers, R-Lakewood; and Sens. Romer and Spence) was by far the more controversial. It creates a regulatory framework for the distribution of pharmaceutical cannabis in Colorado. Among is provisions are:
- Dispensaries operating in Colorado must be licensed at both the state and local level.
- Municipalities and voters can ban dispensaries and large-scale growers from operating in their communities.
- Convicted felons are prohibited from operating a dispensary.
- Dispensary operators must have been Colorado residents for at least two years before opening a dispensary.
- Dispensaries must grow at least 70 percent of the medical marijuana they sell.
Learn more about the impact of HB 10-1284 on Thursday, June 23, when CBA CLE hosts Rep. Massey, HB 10-1284’s main sponsor, and Warren Edson, architect of the constitutional amendment codifying the legalization of medical marijuana in Colorado, in a joint presentation, Medical Marijuana Reform: The Definitive Update on HB 10-1284.
Rep. Massey will present a comprehensive overview of the new medical marijuana law, and explain what it intends to accomplish; its role in protecting the public; and its intended impact on clients, patients, caregivers, law enforcement, and the public.
Edson will address how the newly enacted law is anticipated to affect the regulation of the medical marijuana industry and what these changes mean to clients, patients, caregivers, and law enforcement. He will also discuss how the new law impacts medical marijuana dispensaries as we know them today, and will point out the areas overlooked by the new legislation and how they will survive the new law.
The program will close with a 30-minute Q&A session moderated by Denver attorney Ann Toney.