HB1220: Cracking down on the gray market

Cannabis Patients Alliance

I really haven’t had a chance to write about the biggest challenge to medical marijuana patients’ rights we’ve seen here in Colorado: HB17-1220. I’ve been too busy working on the bill to write about it. This bill would set a limit on all cultivation in residential areas to 12 plants, without exception for patients or caregivers. It also creates new criminal penalties for noncompliance, among other things.

With just a matter of days between when the bill was introduced and it’s first hearing in the House, we scrambled to get people engaged. And people showed up! They came to the hearing, sent emails and made phone calls, all to pressure the legislature to engage with patients on this issue.

It worked! With support from other patient organizations, we’ve been in negotiations, trying to get consideration for patients and the people who care for them. We’ve already made progress, but…

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