Colorado Medical Cannabis Policy Group Open Letter
Open Letter To:
Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, Boulder County Commissioners,
Boulder City Council, Erie City Council, Denver City Council, Lafayette
City Council, Longmont City Council, Louisville City Council, Loveland
City Council, Berthoud Town Clerk, Larimer County Sheriff's office,
Durango City Council, and other interested parties.
To all interested parties:
The Cannabis Therapy Institute is dedicated to medicinal cannabis
education, research and advocacy. Article XVIII, Section 14 of the
Colorado Constitution, Colorado's Medical Marijuana Amendment, allows
a patient to possess cannabis for medicinal needs. If the patient
cannot obtain the medicine for themselves, the Amendment allows
them to have their primary caregiver obtain or grow it for them.
To better serve the needs of the many patients who are now using
cannabis as medicine, caregivers have opened medicinal cannabis
dispensaries. Unfortunately, Colorado's Medical Marijuana Amendment
does not regulate caregivers in any way, leaving a large gray area
in the law. For instance, matters related to proper tax collection,
security, and dispensing standards are not defined.
In addition, federal law still does not contain an exemption for
medical cannabis, creating further confusion about the law. However,
the Obama Administration has promised not to enforce federal law
in states that have medical cannabis laws, as long as the dispensaries
are following their state and local laws.
For these reasons, it is important to clarify the rights and duties
of caregivers, so that they may be compliant with state and local
law, and thereby be (hopefully) tolerated by federal law enforcement.
The Cannabis Therapy Institute is forming the Medical Cannabis
Policy Group composed of the top experts in Colorado on the legal,
medical and societal aspects of medicinal cannabis. The Policy Group
will develop model policies and best practices guidelines for medical
cannabis caregivers, dispensaries and collectives that can be used
to clarify the current law. These guidelines will value patient
safety and privacy foremost, but also take into consideration the
concerns of the local community and law enforcement. Our goal is
to bring all interested parties together so we can develop a mutual
understanding of what it takes to be compliant under the law for
patients and caregivers.
We would like to invite you to join this discussion. Please send
us an email with the contact information of the representative of
your group who will be your liaison to the medical cannabis community.
We look forward to opening a positive and productive dialogue so
that we can move forward with our mutual goal of helping patients
achieve safe access to medical cannabis within the guidelines of
the Article XVIII, Section 14 of the Colorado Constitution.
Medical cannabis patient
Cannabis Therapy Institute
Colorado 420 Coalition
THC Ministry - Boulder
Cannabis Medical Expert
Bob and Kim Cohen
Boulder patient advocates
Rocky Mountain Caregivers Cooperative
Colorado Legal Eagles
Linda Smoke, Primary Caregiver
Dispensary Co-Owner, Tranquility Healing Center