The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is being sued for allegedly over-collecting medical marijuana patient fees. The lawsuit was filed by a group of registered medical marijuana patients known as the Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project who claim that the medical registration fees are illegally being used to fund the marijuana research grants to be awarded by the Colorado State Board of Health.

The Colorado General Assembly approved $10 million to be used to fund marijuana research, last year under SB 14-155, and Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council met this week to recommend grant recipients for eight different projects. The state received 57 applications looking for access to the total authorized $8.4 million. The grants are to go towards research in the following fields:

  • Marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Marijuana in the treatment irritable bowel syndrome in youth
  • Marijuana for pain relief in children with brain tumors
  • Efficacy of marijuana in the treatment of children with epileptic conditions
  • Comparing marijuana to opiates for pain relief

These research projects are much needed, so that we can better understand the role that cannabis may play in the treatment of many different debilitating medical conditions. The Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project is filing for the Denver District Court to disallow the implementation of the Medical Marijuana Research Grant Program, and if these accusations are true, this research may never get off the ground.


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