CO and Medical Marijuana : The New Police State

The Wall St. Journal reports on new regulations Colorado lawmakers are putting the final touches on, for medical marijuana:

The regulatory system — more rigorous and comprehensive than in any other state — will likely require pot growers to place tags on every plant and train security cameras on their cultivation rooms around the clock.

...Cannabis dispensaries, meanwhile, will likely be required to record high-resolution video of every customer's face and photo identification and then link that footage to a computer record of each purchase. Even the moment when the dried weed is weighed for sale will have to be captured on video, according to draft regulations now being finalized.

Cops can demand to see the tapes at any time, without a warrant.

"We don't ask. We just go look," said Matt Cook, senior director of the state's medical-marijuana enforcement division...."You give up a lot of your Fourth Amendment rights when you're dealing with a controlled substance," Mr. Cook said.


Colorado has 113,000 registered medical marijuana users.

So far, 1,218 pot farms, 808 dispensaries and 318 businesses that infuse candy, olive oils, pizzas and other edibles with marijuana have applied for state licenses. Every facet of their operations will soon be governed by the new regulations, which run about 100 pages and are likely to be phased in beginning early next year.

Stupid is as stupid does. All this will do is drive medical marijuana users back to the illegal market. I hope someone brings a constitutional challenge and obtains an injunction preventing these rules from taking effect.

Colorado's medical marijuana law was passed as a constitutional amendment, not a statute. The protections of the Fourth Amendment apply to everyone. No one should be forced to exercise one constitutional right at the expense of another. And medical marijuana patients should have the same privacy rights as those who use other medicines.

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    drive medical marijuana users (none / 0) (#1)
    by diogenes on Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 10:24:21 PM EST
    You have more privacy buying from a street dealer with risk of arrest than at the dispensaries?
    Pizzas with pot?  What kind of joke is this?  

    some people don't want to smoke (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dadler on Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 10:38:41 PM EST
    wouldn't you say that's a better choice. and as a free american, why would you want to waste a cent or a second having law enforcement go after cannabis edibles? it's just phucking absurd.

    If people can smoke MJ to self-medicate (none / 0) (#3)
    by Harry Saxon on Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 10:55:41 PM EST
    rather than using Marinol, the terrorists will have won.

    I'm sick and tired of hearing (none / 0) (#4)
    by Zorba on Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 05:32:07 AM EST
    "You give up a lot of your Fourth Amendment rights"  when you are dealing with a controlled (but legal in this case) substance.......and haven't we recently been told this about flying on a plane, as well?  The police (whether local, state, federal, or TSA agents) do not get to decide when we give up our Fourth Amendment rights, and it's not on their say-so!  I'm sick and tired of this.  We need to re-educate every cop and every federal agent of any kind on the Bill of Rights.

    So you finally got sick and tired (none / 0) (#6)
    by Rojas on Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 07:55:51 AM EST
    Did somebody put their hands on you?
    We've been carving out exceptions to the BORs for so long now that they are really more like guidelines.

    I suppose re-education and perhaps a little sensitivity training are the best that we can hope for. If we actually demanded that they carry the force of law all those undesirables might get the notion that they have some rights as well.


    Go ahead, be my guest. Make my day. (5.00 / 0) (#7)
    by Yes2Truth on Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 08:39:47 AM EST

    "If we actually demanded that they carry the force of law all those undesirables might get the notion that they have some rights as well."


    Zorba,... (5.00 / 0) (#9)
    by kdog on Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 10:02:31 AM EST
    has been sick and tired of how we roll since before I was born...she ain't late to this party.

    That I have, Dog (none / 0) (#11)
    by Zorba on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 07:39:46 AM EST
    Although, when I was younger, I wasn't just sick and tired, I was out on the streets, marching and demonstrating in protest.  Too old and to wrecked-up to do that any more, so I make do with writing letters and emails and calling people, and giving money to causes and individuals I support.  It's not much, but it's better than doing nothing.

    So (none / 0) (#5)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 07:52:32 AM EST

    So, are you no a fan of deregulation?

    Slightly OT, Jeralyn, does CO have (none / 0) (#8)
    by jeffinalabama on Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 08:42:14 AM EST
    methamphetamine precursor laws? THose in Alabama are severe.

    Odd that... (none / 0) (#10)
    by kdog on Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 10:04:37 AM EST
    photo surveillance isn't required for far more dangerous drugs like oxy or morphine...more inequality under the law.


    POlice state regulations (none / 0) (#12)
    by kgoudy on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 11:27:34 AM EST
    So how do we best fight this proposed legislation before it is passed?  Odd that a legislator can be found in bed with male prostitutes and still go forward, but dispensaries that have put 2.2 million in tax into the state coffers and 2 million into local sales tax coffers will have better security cameras  than a jail