Romer withdraws bill

Medical marijuana law changed again over the weekend! Senator Chris Romer withdrew his medical marijuana regulation bill on Saturday. His reasoning was that neither law enforcement, nor the medical marijuana community provided the necessary support for his bill. Law enforcement is proposing their own bill to restrict primary caregivers to only working with five patients. If passed, this would eliminate both dispensaries and commercial medical marijuana cultivation. After all, who can afford such an investment with only five patients to purchase the medical marijuana? Accordingly, conservative interpretation of Amendment 20 (18) and the Clendenin case remain the best legal protection. Next, it is vital to contact your state representatives and let them know you oppose law enforcement’s bill, as it impacts the patient’s choice of who they want to to act as their primary caregiver. As always, Gard & Bond is here to help you start and maintain your medical marijuana business and to help patients get the legal help they need in these uncertain times. Stay safe!

Jeff Gard

Boulder limits business, protect primary caregivers

At the end of a long night, the Boulder City Council decided to adopt interim regulations for medical marijuana businesses, rather than impose a moratorium. Among other things, new MMJ businesses must have their permit application pending by 11/6 and be open for business by 12/1. There is a small window of opportunity to establish a new MMJ business. Your new MMJ business cannot be located within 500 ft. of an existing MMJ business, 1000 ft. of a school and cannot be located in a residential zoning area.

Of particular note is the fact that Boulder City Council exempted primary caregivers and patients from the definition of a MMJ business. As such, primary caregivers are not subject to the interim regulation. Be cautious! This may have been an oversight, as the BCC may not understand that, at least with respect to my clients, all such “businesses” are primary caregiver businesses. I suggest you lay low and be a good neighbor – not a test case!!!

Good work to all of the people who fought the good fight into the wee hours last night.

Boulder leaning in right direction

Thanks to the efforts of the MMJ patients and advocates, the Boulder City Council declined last night to enact an emergency moratorium on new dispensaries. The matter will again be considered on Tuesday, 11/10. However, the City Council is seeking input from people who may adversely be impacted by MMJ businesses. In view of the fact that the City Council appears to be leaning against stringent regulations, I suggest that we respect the rights of those opposed to MMJ to have their say. By being respectful of such opinions, our position is made that much stronger. Let’s practice tolerance, in a situation where we require tolerance. Good job everyone.