Today the Colorado House passed HB 1043 by a vote of 52 to 12. Under the bill cannabis growers would be required to register their grow site and identify all patients, be allowed no more than 500 plants at their site unless they have a waiver, and it would also extend the moratorium on new dispensaries into the summer of 2012.

Colorado politicians are still busy trying to “fix” the state’s medical marijuana system, and they will do so until full legalization comes because that is their job security; as long as there is something to fix, politicians have a reason to ask to be re-elected. They will always have unfinished business.

Colorado is one of the states likely to have marijuana legalization on the ballot in 2012. If full legalization passes, haggling over medical rules will become useless. And when that happens , the politicians who care more about job security than sick people will have to find something else to “fix.”

Although I’m sure they’ll just haggle over how to regulate, zone, and tax the legal weed at the point. That’s why some 97% of elected officials get re-elected; they are experts at making people think something “needs to be done.”

- Joe Klare

  • TheDeacon

    Great article I agree totally. I like your political insight. I find it to be true in my experience. I’m glad I will be a voting citizen of Colorado in 2012 so I can vote YES for total marijuana legalization. This would really upset the Black Market as Marijuana is the financial foundation for all other drug smuggling. It would be interesting to see where the Anti Marijuana money goes when it finally becomes legal nationwide.

  • SK1LL5

    Legalization is not what we should be shooting for as it would open the door to further regulation and taxing like the tobacco industry, thus raising the cost of meds. Instead we should be pushing for decriminalization which would limit the possibilities for regulation. An example of what im talking about is the cost of a pack of ciggarets in NYC. The pack actually cost like $3 but you pay more like $10 for a pack. That’s because NYC charges a $7 tax on each pack sold. You don’t want $10 tax on top of your $35 1/8th cost.

  • mike

    I am interested in becoming a medical marijuana grower.
    I live in Florida and it has not yet been voted on in our state but the days are coming when we will have a choice and a chance to do the will of the people. So how do I become a grower after the vote?