Confused Colorado Cops Seek Help On ‘Murky’ Marijuana Rules


Local law enforcement officers are flummoxed by “murky, confusing and vague” rules governing medical-marijuana production and are looking to the state legislature for clarification, reports the Denver Post. Last week, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that dispensaries must provide more care for patients than merely distributing medical marijuana. And this week, the state Board of Health removed from its regulations the meaning of the “significant relationships” that define what makes a caregiver, saying it feared a conflict with the court.

Law enforcement agencies don’t know whether the actions lift the lid off the legal role of dispensaries or clamp it down tighter. “The Board of Health decision, for me, only causes more confusion,” said Denver police Lt. Matt Murray. “If we go on a raid and find marijuana, what do we do? If the user is licensed, what about the caregiver?” Advocates for medical marijuana seemed just as confused over the stricken definition. They argued that an industry has sprouted based on the prior definition and that legitimate providers are now unsure of their legal protection.

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