As the oldest medical marijuana center in Denver, Denver Relief has made it a point to go above and beyond all State and Federal requirements of Amendment 20. We’ve taken such measures as keeping tedious records (all backed up on a secure server) of our Patient’s documentation. This made it practically seamless for us to transition into new regulations set forth by HB1284 that require a State License for a Medical Marijuana Center as well. Denver Relief has operations in place that allow us to grow over 70% of our medicine. In addition, all edibles are made in a health certified kitchen by a trained chef and displayed in a commercial grade refrigerator.
Section 2(6)(f)3 of HB1284 states, “If a patient elects to use a licensed medical marijuana center, the patient shall register the primary center he or she intends to use.” This does not state that the Patient must remain exclusive to their “primary center.” As before this allows medical marijuana centers to grow plants for each patient who has named them as their primary provider. This is the job of the Colorado Department of Health to keep track of.
Section 2(2) of HB1284 defines the term “Primary Caregiver” as “a natural person, other than the patient or the patient’s physician [...].” “Medical Marijuana Center” is the name given to a person or business licensed under the terms of HB1284, which is entirely separate fro the “Primary Caregiver” authorized by Amendment 20. HB1284 clearly states; a Medical Marijuana Center is not a Primary Caregiver.
Early drafts of HB 1284 included various limits on patients a MMJ Center can serve but those limits were removed. A MMJ Center can serve as many patients as possible, and may grow whatever number of plants are authorized by the patients naming the MMJ Center as their “primary center.” Medical marijuana centers can expect one-time state fees — depending on the number of patients — divided between medical marijuana center, grow and infused product medication licenses, with undetermined annual fees to come later.
The Department of Revenue's auditors will pay regular visits, looking at plant numbers, previous harvests, expected harvests, patient counts and more. Additionally, a statewide one-year moratorium on new MMCs will be in effect from July 1, 2010 through July 1, 2012.
HB 1284 grants the Department of Revenue the right to audit the books and records kept by the business during normal business hours. HB 1284 also states, “nothing in this article shall be construed to limit a law enforcement agency’s ability to investigate unlawful activity in relation to a medical marijuana center, optional premises cultivation operation, or medical marijuana infused products manufacturer.” This section doesn’t say, “law enforcement gets to shred all existing laws on warrants, searches or seizures.” It specifically says “unlawful activity”, which would not include medical marijuana provider activities allowed by Amendment 20 and HB 1284.