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In an e-mail titled "The End of Caregivers?" advocacy organization Sensible Colorado warned of an upcoming meeting by the Colorado Board of Health wherein "sweeping rules" regarding the relationship between a caregiver and their patient could be passed.

So, what's the deal?

"What's new about these rules, is [there are] more of the details," says outreach director Josh Kappel, adding that the organization's main worry is a broad requirement that caregivers have "significant responsibility" over their patients.

"They're proposing that caregivers have to regularly assist with daily life activities of their patients, of all five, regardless of whether the patient wants it or not. It just says 'regularly'; that's the only clarity that these caregivers are gonna get," Kappel says. "The risk is that all this is gonna be figured out in the criminal context."

If interested in attending the meeting, visit the Sabin-Cleere Conference Room in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, at 9 a.m., Wednesday, June 15.

Speakin' out

It can't be easy facing a room of people whose lives you're potentially making harder, but Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division director Dan Hartman did just that last week at a meeting called by the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council at the Warehouse Restaurant & Gallery.

His big news was that the division's Colorado Springs office is set to open some time in July at 1030 S. Academy Blvd. But Hartman also spent time explaining portions of the rules set to take effect July 1; giving background on the beginning of the rulemaking process; and addressing a common question, asked by NaturaLeaf general manager Mark Slaugh: "How safe are we?"

"The reality of that, of that question is, that, if you ask the federal governor whether marijuana is illegal, they will tell you, 'Yes.' [But] we don't poke the bear," Hartman said to laughter, adding: "They have a limited amount of resources — I'm hoping they're not gonna use it to arrest me."

Keef crumbs

• Don't miss the Best Meds Contest at the Green Leaf Expo this Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, at the Event Center at Rustic Hills (3960 Palmer Park Blvd., Tickets are $15 per day.

Westword reports that Denver attorney Rob Corry plans to file suit against the state prior to July 1, citing a passage of Amendment 20 that requires the state Legislature "to pass any regulations related to medical marijuana by April of 2001."

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