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Does Colorado Have Control of Its Marijuana Supply Chain?

The Colorado experiment in legal marijuana is being watched around the country. That’s hardly surprising. The state, being the first in the country to legalize marijuana, is setting the standard for the management and control of this social experiment.

It’s not an easy task, and it will take time and many false starts and failures to create a smooth, reliable system with which to administer and manage the legal sale and use of marijuana.

One can argue that it was a bad decision, but the fact is voters of Colorado said marijuana use will be legal in this state.

The question, then, is not was that a good or bad decision. The question facing the state of Colorado is how to best implement and enforce a marijuana industry that satisfies the desires of the voters and protects the public from unscrupulous and illegal marijuana activity.

Consistent with the direction provided by voters in 2012, Colorado has organized a “seed to sale” management and control system for marijuana, which has become a significant business.

Preliminary figures indicate that marijuana sales in 2015 were double that of 2014. It’s not illogical, though, to assume that not all of those sales followed either the letter or the intent of the law.  Marijuana sales and use were illegal in Colorado before 2012 and it’s safe to assume that there continues to be some illegal sales now.

Read more at the [Grand Junction] Daily Sentinel.

Jim McMahon, Former Chicago Bears Quarterback, Endorses Medical Marijuana
Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon lent his celebrity endorsement to medical marijuana this week. This endorsement served as a big shot in the arm to medical cannabis advocates, who are thrilled that the former NFL star has come forward on behalf of the cause. In addition to McMahon’s advocacy of cannabis, there has been much discussion about head injuries, brain trauma, and concussions in the football world as there has been about tackling as well as special teams play. The former Chicago Bears quarterback has been one of the most outspoken retired players on the subject of trauma brain injuries (TBIs) and concussions. Moreover, he has been part of class-action lawsuits against the league on the matter.

One of the long-term effects of concussions, which can often lead to a condition known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), is threatening the very core of the game itself and survival of its participants. CTE is a progressive, degenerative brain disease found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain injury and/or trauma, including symptomatic concussions as well as asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head. …

Read more at Liberty Voice.

Medical Pot Shops Sue State, Call Licensing Process ‘A Mess’
Several longtime Seattle medical-marijuana businesses filed a lawsuit Friday against the state Liquor and Cannabis Board alleging that regulators are not following their own rules in issuing a new round of licenses for retail stores.

At issue is the process of bringing medical businesses into the state’s licensed recreational retail system. The Legislature last year gave the LCB authority to license new stores, with priority given to longtime medical players seen as good actors, in following rules and paying taxes.

The lawsuit filed in Thurston County Superior Court by medical marijuana activists John Davis, Philip Dawdy, Ken Adams and others contends that the LCB has not used a merit-based system to award new licenses.

Instead of licensing longtime operators, the lawsuit says the LCB is giving licenses to businesses that did not exist months ago.

“The entire process is a mess,” Davis said in a statement. “I am watching phantom entities gobble up scarce licenses that will put real people out of business.”

Read more at The Olympian.

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