A bill aiming to clarify and legitimize the relationship between Colorado’s medical marijuana patients and their doctors has gained the backing of …
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A bill aiming to clarify and legitimize the relationship between
Colorado’s medical marijuana patients and their doctors has gained
the backing of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
Senate Bill 109 would prohibit financial conflicts of interest
among physicians and caregivers, distributors and other medical
The measure has the bipartisan sponsorship of a pair of state
legislators: Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, and Sen. Nancy Spence,
“We’re dealing with the Wild, Wild West here and we can’t allow
it to go on,” Romer said in a news release. “We need to make sure
the people who legitimately need medical marijuana have access to
it, and we need to get rid of the recreational users who are
busying the system.”
On Jan. 27, the first committee passed the bill 6-1, sending it
to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Features of the bill include:
Requirement of a “bona fide patient-physician relationship,”
which entails a “treatment or counseling relationship,” a physical
examination, and an assessment of the patient’s medical
Establishment of the definition for a “physician in good
Requirement of a confidential “registry identification
The bill does not address dispensaries or the number of patients
a caregiver may have.
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