Medical pot overhaul draws crowd to heated hearing

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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 11:04 am, Tue Jun 17, 2014.

Nearly 200 people spoke at a public hearing Monday on proposed changes to the state’s medical marijuana rules, almost all of them opposed to measures they contend would punish the sick and the poor while raising revenue for the state Department of Health and enriching drug cartels.

Many of the speakers also questioned the transparency of the process and the political motives of whoever wrote the proposed rules. More than one person called for the Health Department to scrap the current proposals and start over.

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  • GeriJ posted at 1:28 pm on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    GeriJ Posts: 2

    As was stated by Secretary Ward in a letter to Representative Madalena and Senator Ortiz Y Pino, "changes will likely be made to the proposed rules directly in response to input received from members of the public at the hearing and in written comments. " In that the overwhelming response to the suggested changes has been in opposition to each of said changes, one must presume the matter will be dropped or returned to the drawing board by the DOH. If that is not the case it may reasonably be inferred that this is nothing more than another non-transparent, stealth attack by partisan politics in an attempt to derail a necessary and important healthcare program. As such those responsible must be taken to task for their blatant disregard for the constituents they serve.

  • Colleen Harper posted at 11:29 am on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    MsColleen Posts: 76

    Once again it appears that Republican administration wants to eliminate regulation from business and corporate operations, but wants to tightly and strictly regulate private affairs of individuals. Therefore, we have just reason to be suspicious when Republicans talk about eliminating regulations. That only applies to business interests, not to personal choices.

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 10:58 am on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 416

    Having worked in the building and attended many general staff meetings know that that auditorium was most unsuitable for the public event planned and should have not been selected to host the meeting. In effect; poor planning or was it? maybe it was chosen purposefully to limit attendance, keep people away or at least standing outside. And it obviously succeeded in stiffling the full discourse of the timely topic at hand; realistic, comprehensive and compassionate cannibus regulation based on ALL parties concerned; principally patients in need. Maybe next time sensibilities will prevail and a more suitable location selected; like the Convention Center like with the La Bajada hearing. And even that required more room !!

  • Paul Culkin posted at 10:51 am on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    duk Posts: 1

    The DOH constantly refers to "Stakeholders" which shows how money is influencing the program. It should be about "Patients' Ken Groggle . Get it right.

  • Papalo Quelites posted at 7:16 am on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    papaloquelites Posts: 4

    As ham-fisted and ill-considered as the Department of Health's rule change process has been, at least the public hearing gave them some practice in imposing the tactics of a police state on public discourse.

  • MarthaR posted at 7:12 am on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    MarthaR Posts: 8

    It's pretty bad when you get the potheads worked up and spittin' mad!

  • Alan Kemp posted at 6:21 am on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    BO Plenty Posts: 2

    This looks like an issue where people are sick and tired of the injustice and just aren't going to take it any more. Someday people will look back on the last 50 years and wonder why it took so much longer to overturn the prohibition of cannabis than it did for alcohol.


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