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Colorado Seeks Ways to Deal with
Unintended Consequences of Legalization

 
Colorado agency suggests 15 changes to legislature to control medical marijuana. One change would penalize caregivers who fail to register their grow sites. Patients have designated some 3,000 caregivers to grow marijuana for them but only about 5 percent have registered, making it impossible for police to enforce state regulations. Other changes would require medical marijuana to be tested for contaminants and prohibit infusing medical marijuana into trademarked items, such as Gummy Bears. Read story. Read report.
 
Senate rejects Colorado agency recommendations. Instead, a senate panel wants to rewrite the medical marijuana code. Said Senator Owen Hill, representing Colorado Springs [that has nearly 100 medical marijuana shops], “I’d love to start from scratch and put the right things in there . . . rather than pull the wrong things out.” This could lead to big changes in how the state regulates medical marijuana. Read story.
 
Colorado legislator wants to give counties grants to offset costs of legal pot. A majority of Colorado’s counties have banned retail marijuana sales (in red at left) but are nonetheless being overrun with problems. State Rep. Tim Dore wants to help counties with grants to cover the costs of increased arrests, traffic violations, and social services full-scale legalization is bringing. Read story. Read bill. See larger map.
 
Grow sites for Oregon’s 70,000 medical marijuana patients have more than doubled in two years, according to an analysis by The Oregonian. Today, 282 sites are spread across the state with 64 large-scale sites in Portland alone, a 178 percent increase since 2012. The newspaper has created an interactive map showing the number of patients and grow sites by zip code before full legalization takes over. Read story. See larger map.
With this issue, National Families in Action and partners, Project SAM and the Treatment Research Institute, welcome a number of new readers. We hope you enjoy this weekly e-newsletter to keep up-to-date with all aspects of the marijuana story. Visit our new website, The Marijuana Report.Org, and subscribe to E-Highlights to learn more.

National Families in Action is a group of families, scientists, business leaders, physicians, addiction specialists, policymakers, and others committed to protecting children from addictive drugs. We advocate for:
  • Healthy, drug-free kids
  • Nurturing, addiction-free families
  • Scientifically accurate information and education
  • A nation free of Big Marijuana
  • Smart, safe, FDA-approved medicines developed from the cannabis plant (and other plants) 
  • Expanded access to medicines in FDA clinical trials for children with epilepsy
What is our call to action?
  • Ask your elected officials to establish FDA expanded access to Epidiolex® for children with epilepsy
  • Ask your elected officials not to legalize pot
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