Marijuana advocates blast lawmakers at Denver rally |

Marijuana advocates blast lawmakers at Denver rally

John Ingold
The Denver Post

Marijuana advocates who rallied across the street from the state Capitol today had sharp words for lawmakers considering regulations for Colorado’s booming medical-marijuana industry.

“Keep your grubby hands off of medical marijuana!” activist Robert Chase shouted toward the Capitol.

About 200 advocates attended the rally – which was timed to begin once Gov. Bill Ritter finished giving his State of the State speech. Many of the speakers at the rally blasted legislative proposals to strongly regulate or effectively outlaw the state’s growing number of retail medical-marijuana dispensaries. A number of speakers urged cannabis advocates to contact elected officials to lobby for their cause – though they often cast the relationship between advocate and lawmaker as an adversarial one.

“We deserve a seat at that table,” prominent medical-marijuana attorney Robert Corry said. “And if they don’t give us a seat at that table, well, I’ve got a flame-thrower we can use to deal with that table.”

Corry said he would soon be unveiling a “patient-centered” proposal for lawmakers to consider. But Corry said he wasn’t eager to see any new regulations adopted, arguing that Colorado’s current medical-marijuana policy – which leaves dispensaries largely unregulated – is already protected under the state constitution.

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