October 22, 2010

New Colorado Medical Marijuana Business Model Unveiled: Patient Collectives

October 22, 2010
medical marijuana

This was just sent to us from the Cannabis Therapy Institute.

{Boulder, CO} — Attorney Adam Mayo will present a CLE seminar on the
Patient Collective business model on Monday, October 25 in Boulder, hosted
by the Cannabis Therapy Institute. The seminar is designed for Medical
Marijuana Center applicants who want to regain their constitutional
protections, for caregivers that may have been forced out of business by
HB1284, and for attorneys who represent medical marijuana clients that are
looking for alternative business models. This seminar has been accredited
for two general CLE credits by the Colorado Supreme Court Board of
Continuing Legal Education.

Adam Mayo is an attorney in Steamboat Springs and works with dozens of
dispensaries, patient collectives, MMC’s and other caregiving businesses.
Like many other Colorado medical marijuana attorneys, Adam has become
frustrated with the new regulations enacted by the state legislature this
year in House Bill 10-1284.

HB1284 severely restricted the ability of his clients to continue running
businesses providing medicine to Colorado’s medical marijuana patients, a
right that many providers have enjoyed since the passage of Amendment 20 in

HB1284 took all the Constitutional legal protection away from medical
marijuana dispensaries and substituted a “statutory privilege” of applying
to operate a Medical Marijuana Center (MMC). Unlike dispensaries, MMCs are
controlled by the Department of Revenue, not the Department of Public
Health and Environment.

In addition, HB1284 over-regulated the industry with onerous and burdensome
requirements that had no rational basis. The new law seemed designed more
to put caregivers out of business than to actually expedite the flow of
medicine to patients.

Hundreds of former dispensaries filed applications to become MMC’s, even
though this required them to forfeit their Constitutional right to provide
medicine and sign confession forms admitting violation of federal law.

The new regime has also adversely affected patients, who are becoming
reluctant to use MMC’s as their source of medicine. Recent news reports
state that MMC’s will soon be required to fingerprint patients and log
every transaction into a government database to be shared with law
enforcement. If a patient purchases more than 2 ounces of medicine (in a
time period yet to be determined) from an MMC, patients are worried that
the new medical marijuana law enforcement branch of the Department of
Revenue will start investigating them for criminal violations.

Struggling with these serious issues of over-regulation and invasion of
privacy, Adam read all 78 pages of HB1284, dozens of times. He had multiple
meetings with his clients. No one was happy with the new law, and everyone
was looking for alternatives.

Adam then looked back at the Colorado Constitution, trying to find a way to
help protect his clients and their patients. As he studied the issue, he
began to develop a model for patient care that was still protected by the
Constitution and was not subject to the whims of a hostile state

Adam developed the Patient Collective model to allow patients to safely and
privately continue to help other patients obtain medicine. The Patient
Collective business model (protected by the Constitution) may actually
offer more legal protection than the MMC model (protected only by statute).
Like MMC’s, Patient Collectives can be run as for-profit organizations.
Unlike MMC’s, Patient Collectives are not regulated by HB1284 & enjoy 100%
protection under the Constitution.

Adam was invited by the Cannabis Therapy Institute to present this new
model at a legal seminar on Monday, October 25 in Boulder. This seminar has
been accredited for two general CLE credits by the Colorado Supreme Court
Board of Continuing Legal Education.

Timothy Tipton, a patient advocate with the Rocky Mountain Caregivers
Cooperative, is excited about Adam’s plan. “We are so thankful to Adam for
bringing to light and developing this model of patient care. It really is
more true to the spirit of the Colorado Constitution, by enabling patients
to help patients. HB1284 forced all the smaller caregivers out of business
and created a monopoly for giant retail marijuana stores. The smaller mom
and pop businesses and the small patient collectives will benefit in a huge
way from Adam’s model. We like it so much, we are referring to it as the
Mayo Plan to all our patients.”

Asked what he thought about patients’ enthusiasm for the “Mayo Plan”, Adam
responded, “I am glad to be able to help the patients obtain their
medicine. Most patients are too sick or don’t have the space and equipment
necessary to provide their own medicine. By providing this much-needed
service, patient collectives will offer these patients an opportunity to
exercise their constitutional rights once again.”


Overcoming HB1284: Forming Legal Medical Marijuana Patient Collectives
A Legal Seminar by Attorney Adam Mayo
Mon., Oct. 25, 2010
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Best Western Boulder Inn, Boulder, Colorado
Cost: $150.00/single
$125.00/each if you enroll with a friend!

*CLE Available*
This seminar has been accredited by the Colorado Board of Continuing Legal
Education for 2 General Credits.

Adam Mayo, Esq.
Hammond Law Offices
2504 Riverside Drive
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Phone: (970) 879-6060
Web: www.mayolawyer.com
Email: [email protected]

Adam has been practicing law in Steamboat Springs, Colorado since 2004. He
is admitted in Colorado State and Federal Courts.

The Cannabis Therapy Institute is a leader in cannabis professional
training and education. We are committed to providing the best instructors
in the field to share their knowledge, wisdom and skills with others in
this growing industry. Cannabis education and training are the foundations
of a credible medical cannabis industry that can provide the top-quality
care that patients deserve.


Provided as a Public Service by the:
Cannabis Therapy Institute
P.O. Box 19084
Boulder, CO 80308
Phone: 877-420-4205
Email: [email protected]
Web: https://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com


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