By Alicia McNally, STATE BILL COLORADO
The Senate Health & Human Services Committee approved in a 6-1 vote SB10-109, the first major attempt to regulate medical marijuana.
Sens. Chris Romer, D-Denver and Nancy Spence, R-Centennial sponsored the bill that aims to provide clarity
to current medical marijuana legislation by providing standards when issuing registration cards and regulating physician recommendations. Some portions of the bill were removed, such as the provision that would have required patients ages 18 to 21 to get approval for a prescript from a regulation board. The bill will be moved next to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“I think this is the beginning of the end of the Wild West,” Romer said.
Attorney General John Suthers and other law enforcement officials testified in support of the bill.
“We have to provide a line between those who legitimately need medical marijuana and those who exploit it,” said Sgt. Jim Gearhart of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association.
Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield, was the only committee member who voted against the bill. He said he will approve of it once he has more clarity on the legislation’s language.
More than 100 people packed the old Supreme Court chamber today as the Senate committee met to vote on sections of SB 109, the first major attempt at medical marijuana regulation in Colorado.
Dozens of testimonies, some emotional, were heard from medical marijuana dispensary owners as well as patients with HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, prescription and opiate drug addictions and other disabilities. The testimonies ran over the time limit of the committee hearing that started at 9 a.m. and some comments were not heard, provoking some outrage among medical marijuana activists against the bill.