Colo. medical-marijuana bill already triggering challenges |

Colo. medical-marijuana bill already triggering challenges

John Ingold
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado

Even before Gov. Bill Ritter has signed into law new rules for Colorado’s medical-marijuana industry, the next moves in the ongoing chess match of cannabis regulation and adaptation are already taking shape.

Last week, a team of attorneys who specialize in medical-marijuana cases met with several dozen potential plaintiffs in preparing a lawsuit to challenge the rules as unconstitutionally restrictive.

At the other end of the spectrum, prosecutors and others who believe the legislature overstepped its authority in liberalizing marijuana regulations were pondering their legal options.

City councils that have been unreceptive to medical-marijuana dispensaries began taking steps to formally ban them – something the new rules would allow them to do.

Meanwhile, dispensary owners and independent marijuana growers engaged in a mad scramble for dance partners to comply with the rules’ requirement that dispensaries grow at least 70 percent of the marijuana they sell.

The rules – spelled out in House Bill 1284 and Senate Bill 109 – require dispensaries to be licensed at the state and local levels.

Dispensary owners must pass a criminal-background check and have lived in the state for two years, with some exceptions. Local governments or voters can ban dispensaries but not small-scale caregivers, who could serve no more than five medical-marijuana patients.

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