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Colorado Going After High Volume Medical Marijuana Growers


indoor marijuana gardenIt sounds like there is a possible showdown looming in Colorado over medical marijuana growers that are considered ‘high volume’ producers. According to an article by USA Today, the head of the Colorado Health Department, Dr. Larry W0lk, announced Friday that his agency would be conducting investigations into caregivers that grow above their limit to make sure that they can provide physician justification for ‘medical necessity’ waivers.

The good news is they are not planning on shutting them down altogether. Instead, if they can’t provide the justifications, they will have to apply to become commercial growers. Unlike a commercial grower, a caregiver doesn’t have to pay licensing fees, or undergo criminal background checks, or pay taxes on their operation since they are supposed to not be making any profits – only receiving reimbursements for their expenses.

At least one caregiver is not happy. Per the USA Today article, “”This is criminal and this is mean,” argued Jim Clark Jr., a high-volume caregiver. Clark says marijuana patients are best treated with oils and concentrates that require large amounts of raw pot.”

If you live in Colorado, what do you think of this? Will you be affected by it? Do you think that some caregivers are ‘working the system’ or do you think that this is an attempt to go after well-meaning people in an attempt to get more dollars out of them? I’m curious to see how this plays out. I wonder if people in Colorado will end up doing what people in Oregon do, where they get multiple caretakers that have multiple patients and put them all on one property. In that way caregivers in Oregon are able to have gardens with hundreds of plants without violating any rules.


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  1. Economics 101; The law of supply and demand determines the price, the higher the price, the more taxes the government collects. If there were no limit on how much could be grown, the price to produce it would only be about double that of tobacco.

  2. Humboldt Billy on

    Wow! How many acres or hectares of males are you growing, point is, it would take a huge amount of males to produce anything you suggested. The best thing to do with a rogue male is to save the pollen so you can try your hand at breeding, example, cross a tall sativa with a indica to make it shorter for indoor cultivation. Doing this will change its genetics in many ways

  3. I’ll play around with the male plants, but don’t expect me to send you a cannabis rope anytime soon. As for hemp seed, I use it daily–wonderful source of protein; maybe better than eggs. The real point of my comment is about those “invasive pricks” as you call big gov. Even when they do get off their fat asses and finally legalize, after using every stalling tactic, they’ll manage to screw it up because they don’t understand what their dealing with yet will impose idiotic and unnecessary rules on us. Just look at how they’re screwing it up in Uruguay.

  4. Actually, the male plants can be harvested for a number of things. You can use the plant material to produce (if you know how) rope, paper, clothing and even refine it for a fuel that is more efficient than gasoline or ethanol and no carbon footprint. Henry Ford was the first one to produce a “Hemp Car” that ran on Hempanol in 1934. The hemp seed in the male plant can also be used in different food recipes. It has health value to it. I have even had beer made of hemp seed. Do you remember “Hempen Gold” beer? Don’t throw away your male plants. As far as placing limits and keeping track of your “stock”, that is just Big Government being the invasive pricks they have always been. Laws will change soon enough. Latest polls show that 77% of Texans now favor legalization. Politicians are going to have no choice in the matter if they want to keep their office.

  5. This is what happens when you overtax an industry. You get greedy government tax collectors. They hate all that untaxed, competitive medical cannabis. It’s sad a lot involved in the cannabis legalization / reform movement don’t appear to have any insight regarding effective tax rates. Instead, they seem to believe you can tax it as high as you want with little to no change.

  6. I don’t live in CO so maybe shouldn’t be allowed to comment here, but I am growing my first “crop” (okay, recreational). I find all laws on growing limits a reflection on how naive politicians are about the matter. I have two strains one an auto-flowering (easy to grow, fast and fits in a small space, but low THC and small yield). The other is an indica dominant that is a high yielder with ass kicking THC. How can they say that I an allowed the same number of plants for both strains? And how do I know if the babies will turn out male (worthless) or female? And how can they calculate possession of the dried product when it has to last until the next harvest?

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