WIth the passage of House Bill 1284, a fledgling industry has seen its first attempt at official regulation. Where the ball of likely litigation will stop rolling is anybody's guess, but here's a reaction round-up of some of medical marijuana's players.
The Cannabis Therapy Institute's Laura Kriho:
"I think it's going to be harder for patients to get their medicine and harder for patients to be part of the program. The general assembly was hoodwinked into believing that if they didn't do something, all the dispensaries would be closed overnight — they were led to believe they were operating illegally. Even some dispensary owners I talked to thought they were operating illegally, for some reason. And it's not true."
Brian Vicente from Sensible Colorado said:
"In some ways, a number of advocates, including myself, are having a hard time seeing the forest through the trees. The long-term effect of a state doing this is landmark. But for folks like myself, who've been in the trenches and have spent considerable time fighting things like five-patient caps and local bans — and now to see those things codified in state law — well, that's tough to swallow."
Lastly, Rep. Bob Gardner called the passage of the bill, "dramatic and fascinating," while fellow local Rep. Mark Waller said he voted for the bill "because we worked so hard to come to a resolution." (Apparently, legislation by attrition works just fine.)
Check today's Independent for more on the bill's passage, and what to expect in the future.