Amendment 20 ~ The CornerStone of Medical Marijuana Rights in Colorado
The key to Medical Marijuana in Colorado rests with the protections provided by Colorado Amendment 20, which states, among other things, that
medical use means the acquisition, possession, production, use, or transportation of marijuana or paraphernaliaâ¦
In essence, state laws and local ordinances that ban the sale, or acquisition of medical marijuana, fly directly in the face of Amendment 20, and would most likely, be considered unconstitutional according to a recent article entitled, “Marijuana Stores Are A Bit Like Churches.”
The key graph from the Cannabis News article sums it up nicely.
Amendment 20 of the Colorado Constitution is typical of constitutional law because it enhances freedom for individuals and limits the authority of government. Itâs true the amendment doesnât specify a right to medical marijuana stores. But what in the state or federal constitution grants a right to sell Bibles, books or liquor or to run a 7-Eleven?
The right to sell medical marijuana is inherent in the right of individuals to acquire and possess it. If itâs not, we can eliminate any right by simply banning vendors of protected goods and services.
A powerful argument in light of the recent MMJ law changes in Colorado (see: Colorado Medical Marijuana Laws vary from city to city, or Gov. Ritter Signs 1284 and 109, or Durango City Council extends moratorium on marijuana businesses )
States that adopt similar laws like the Medical Marijuana Laws in Montana will face the same back and forth cycles of initiatives that seek to ban medical marijuana, followed by initiatives to reinstate them. Which is precisely what is happening in Montana, where volunteers across Montana are working to collect 25,000 signatures to get an initiative on the Montana November ballot to repeal medical marijuana.
Read the Cannabis News article above. Read it twice. Forward this article to your friends, your care-giver, your Colorado dispensary, and your state and local government representatives. It’s that important.