Colorado: ‘Grow your own’ May be a Central Feature in Massey Marijuana Bill

January 20, 2010 – The bill state Rep. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs, plans to introduce before the end of the week may require medical marijuana caregivers and Picture 3patients to grow their own product. It would also limit to six the number of pot plants patients could keep and limit to five the number of patients a caregiver could treat. The bill aims in part to get control of the pot production and distribution network, an industry that will only grow in the coming months and years.

Fired-up critics of Massey’s bill say the language would close dispensaries statewide.

But that’s not necessarily true, Massey says. If a “clinical model” moves forward, existing dispensaries could “morph” into clinics, he told the Colorado Independent.

“Should the legislation pass, we will have upwards of 50,000 registries [people with medical marijuana cards] in the state. We need to figure out a way to service them without sending them to the black market. So we have some work to do,” Massey said.

Opponents of Massey’s bill don’t see it as the sort of stepping stone law Massey describes. Massey received three bomb threats to his house in rural Poncha Springs. He, his wife and two kids are now getting round-the-clock protection from the police.

“I’m not the first, and I’m sure I won’t be the last to receive death threats on something that is controversial,” Massey said. “We’re affecting people’s livelihoods. I’m sure there will be a pro-active discussion, and it will get heated.”

Massey underlines that his bill’s language will be centered on the medical marijuana distribution network. A separate bill being introduced by Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, is expected to address the relationship between doctors and patients.

Police are excited to see new rules being drafted to corral the burgeoning medical marijuana distribution network in the state. According to Ernie Martinez, president of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association, an estimated 80 percent of the pot currently being sold in dispensaries here is coming from illegal sources.

“I think everyone can see through the smokescreen to the abuse,” Martinez said. “There has been a huge spike in violence across the state.”

Martinez said that he is referring to statistic compiled by Colorado Drug Investigators Association sources. Asked if they were available for review, he did not elaborate. By Beth Potter. Source.

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