Fact check: How a new Colorado law affects access to medical cannabis

Denver Post

Leading medical marijuana advocates are convinced a new Colorado law will limit patient access and potentially drive some people back to opiates and other pharmaceuticals. The law’s sponsors insist this was not at all what they had in mind when they passed HB21-1317 in a stated effort to keep teenagers from getting and using high-potency cannabis. For cannabis consumers, especially those under the age of 21, this law will bring new purchase limits, strengthened tracking and enforcement of purchases, and new standards for doctor-patient relationships. But it is too soon to know everything that the law portends for medical patients because the future of cannabis access for medical patients will be sorted out through a state rulemaking process that kicked off last week. It will culminate with new rules issued by Jan. 1 by Mark Ferrandino, the former speaker of the House who was appointed by Gov. Jared Polis to lead the Department of Revenue. Here’s a fact check on what’s going to change, and what remains to be decided. Purchase limits A key provision of the law states that medical marijuana patients can purchase up to eight grams per day of cannabis concentrate — only two grams a day for patients ages 18-20 — which is commonly vaporized but can be consumed in other ways, too. The previous limit was 40 grams. Concentrate is usually at least twice as potent as even the highest-end bud, and eight grams is more than enough to get casual users high many times over. But some patients consume several grams a day, often in the form of specific products that few medical dispensaries sell. Patients are peeved at the prospect of having to re-up every week (or more often) under the eight-gram limit. The limit presents a particular problem, they say, for people…

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