Medical Marijuana Roundup: Users, Databases, and Violations

December 8 2010, 1:00 PM

Medical marijuana is now so pervasive in Colorado that two percent of the state's population has a prescription, allowing them to make purchases at a dispensary. That comes out to 116,000 residents, which, as The Associated Press notes, is more than the entire population of the city of Pueblo. State officials have cleared a backlog of applicants for medical marijuana cards with the help of temporary workers. 

Still, CBS4 reports nearly 100 of the 800 dispensaries that have applied for licenses around the state are likely violating a law requiring dispensaries to produce 70 percent of the pot they sell. The state's new Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division dispatched agents around the state last weekend, and dispensaries found in violation could face closure.

Meanwhile, Laura Kriho of the Cannabis Therapy Institute expresses concern about a potential medical marijuana database she fears could leave patients open to prosecution under federal laws, writes Westword. Not everyone feels that way, including Betty Aldworth, the executive director of Coloradans for Medical Marijuana Regulation, who says patients could benefit if they are pulled over by police, who then must try to verify that someone in the vehicle is allowed to have marijuana. -