This Friday, March 28, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will hold a town hall meeting regarding potential legislation "to address Office of the State Auditor’s recommendations regarding contractors and caregiver limits, introduce a new department policy on the review of medical necessity, and provide the opportunity for public comment ..." reads the notice
. It will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at the State Capitol Building in the Old Supreme Court Chambers.
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Colorado has about 5,000 registered caregivers, a designation created in the 2000 medical marijuana amendment that remains in place, even though the drug is now legal for all adults. Most caregivers grow pot for just a few patients, but some have waivers allowing them to grow hundreds of plants for more than six people.
The Health Department, which manages the state medical marijuana registry, wants a hard limit of 30 plants—six each for five patients, spokesman Mark Salley said Tuesday.
In an email sent to Laura Kriho
of the Cannabis Therapy Institute
, and copied by her to the Indy
, state registrar Ron Hyman gives background on another change potentially made by proposed legislation:
"The Department has consulted with the Department of Law on various issues pertaining to the medical marijuana program, including contractor access to the medical marijuana registry," Hyman writes. "Without waiving our attorney-client privilege related to this issue, we received an opinion from our attorney general representative regarding contractor access to the medical marijuana registry, one of the issues raised in the medical marijuana program audit.
"Based upon this opinion, we are seeking legislation to define the term 'authorized employee', as used in the Colorado Constitution, and further clarify the right of access the Department's contractors have to the medical marijuana registry information. We have not yet received an opinion from the Department of Law regarding law enforcement access to the medical marijuana registry."
Those interested in submitting written comments regarding the potentially controversial moves should email them to firstname.lastname@example.org