Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Medical cannabis businesses call for self-regulation

Boulder, CO -- The Boulder County District Attorney's office will attend
a public meeting of a group of cannabis businesses to discuss
self-regulation and developing standards in the medical cannabis industry.

The meeting will take place: Wednesday (9/30)@ 7:30 pm
VFW Meeting Hall - 206 S. Main Street, Longmont, CO
Open to anyone concerned about regulation in the medical cannabis industry.

Larry Hill, owner of the Apothecary, a medical cannabis dispensary in
Longmont, organized the Wednesday meeting. He believes medical cannabis
self-regulation is the best way to ensure that patients have safe,
consistent, access to quality, affordable medicine. "Our standards tend to
be higher than government standards anyway," he says. "Industry
self-regulation will ensure the highest standards of care, which is what
our patients need and deserve. Physicians regulate themselves, and medical
cannabis businesses should do the same."

In August, the Cannabis Therapy Institute formed the Medical Cannabis
Policy Group to develop model legislation that clarifies issues regarding
medical cannabis businesses, including business models, zoning issues,
taxation, patient rights, and economic development potential.
"There is no other medicine that treats as many conditions as effectively
and safely as cannabis does. The communities that encourage research and
development of cannabis medicines will benefit the most from this economic
boom," says Laura Kriho, education director for the Cannabis Therapy
Institute. "If Boulder County were to designate a Cannabis Research Park
zoning district and encourage caregivers to develop the industry in a way
that provides 100% patient security and satisfaction, the economic
potential would be staggering."


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