Colorado State Senator Chris Romer is proposing another provision for regulating the medical marijuana industry in our state. It would force those under the age of 21 to get a second opinion before they can legally use the drug for medicinal purposes.
"In every classroom I go into with high schoolers, and in every class I speak to of my own college students, I ask them, do you know somebody under the age of 21 who has a medical marijuana card that isn't chronically ill, and every time I ask that question, hands go up in the room," said State Sen. Chris Romer from Denver, "so anecdotally and physically, we know there is some risk here."
State Sen. Romer calls the proposal a common sense solution. It's just one part of the Colorado legislature's attempt to regulate the medical marijuana industry.
That's an ever evolving situation as provisions get put into proposed bills and then taken out. Just recently, medical marijuana supporters have been winning some battles.
For instance, House Bill 1284 changed as it moved through the House Judiciary Committee. That committee removed a provision that would have allowed local governments to ban dispensaries in their communities.
The committee also voted to allow consumption of medical marijuana products on-site at dispensaries, as well as eliminating the cap on the number of patients a dispensary can legally serve. The judiciary committee also loosened the rules in HB 1284 for criminal background checks, that would have automatically disqualified someone from owning a dispensary.
Those provision changes are by no means final. These provisions will have to stand through at least a half-dozen more votes before the regulation bill is passed into law.
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