While medical marijuana supporters hailed the state’s decision yesterday to uphold a constitutional amendment that allows the drug to be dispensed to an unlimited number of patients, at least one local dispensary believes the burgeoning industry needs more oversight.

“In some aspects, I’d be relieved to see some more regulation – the amendment has so many loopholes,” said Tony Carmondy, who has been operating Pikes Peak Alternative Health and Wellness Centers for about five months. “We need a database of patients and dispensaries, for instance, to keep people from going from one caregiver to another.”

Still, for medical marijuana proponent Sensible Colorado, the decision to back away from limiting the number of patients is a victory for the Constitutional amendment.

A meeting yesterday to consider the restriction was the second attempt to do so.

In 2004, the state’s Department of Public Health and Environment tried to limit the number of patients a dispenser can treat, but a Denver district court struck the regulation down, because they reached the limit without public input.

Yesterday, health department officials held a hearing with more than 1,000 people present. The 12- hour meeting, was held at the student union at the Auraria campus.

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“We organized the support for the amendment,” said attorney Brian Vincente, who is also the executive director of Sensible Colorado, “and the department saw fit to hear the people and not restrict the Constitution.”

See Friday’s Business Journal for more information about the process – and potential loopholes – of the medical marijuana distribution process.


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