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CDPHE Meeting on Retail Marijuana Surveillance

Thursday, 8/14/14

Patients and Press not Invited

{Denver} -- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will be holding an all-day meeting on Thursday, Aug. 14, concerning their expanding roles in "retail marijuana surveillance" and other areas. The CDPHE had previously only regulated medical marijuana. Their new roles in retail marijuana involve at least 6 different departments within the CDPHE. (See page 10 of "Marijuana and CDPHE" presentation.)

The meeting will be held at the Courtyard Marriott in Denver, but there will also be a live webinar available (See below for details.) Click here for agenda.

According to the CDPHE, "no media" will be allowed to attend the meeting, and the agenda shows that "no patients" have been invited to share their views in any manner, even though the subject matter directly concerns them.

The Cannabis Press Association (CPA), working with the Patient and Caregivers Rights Litigation Project (PCRLP), discovered the meeting, after several patients received an email invitation asking them to register for the meeting, which was apparently sent accidentally by the CDPHE to the wrong email distribution list.

In the email, Elyse Contreras, Programs Coordinator for the Retail Marijuana Program & Medical Marijuana Research Grant Program at the CDPHE, stated that the purpose of the Aug. 14 meeting is "to update our local partners on latest information regarding marijuana surveillance, prevention efforts, medical research, lab regulations, infused product safety and more!"

Contreras' invitation stated that "no media" would be allowed to attend.

When the CDPHE discovered they had sent the email invitation to patients in error, they immediately removed the online registration form from their website.

The Cannabis Press Association filed a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request last week, asking for the location and webinar login information for the meeting, as well as a request for the list of invitees to the meeting.

The CDPHE ignored the CORA requests. However, CPA was able to obtain the information from reliable sources. (See below.)

SURVEILLANCE OF PREGNANT WOMEN
Many topics will be covered at the all-day meeting. A primary focus will be how the CDPHE will be performing "surveillance" on pregnant women to determine whether cannabis used during pregnancy is harmful to children.

According to a "Marijuana and Pregnancy" presentation on the CDPHE website, one of the new CDPHE programs includes "Birth Registry Surveillance", which is defined as "surveillance to determine if marijuana could be a factor in the development of adverse birth outcomes" and includes a "thorough review of maternal medical records" (See page 9 of "Marijuana and Pregnancy" presentation below.)

Kathleen Chippi of the Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project sees this as another attack on patients. "This secret meeting is just another attack on medical marijuana patients. They want to screen all birth mothers for cannabis? The CDPHE doesn't test new moms for GMOs, pesticides, fracking fluids, caffeine, sugar, or pharmaceutical chemicals, so why focus on THC, which has been used safely by humans for over 10,000 years? Cannabis was actually prescribed commonly to ease pregnancy and the birthing process before it was made illegal in 1937. Natural cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) are actually abundant in all breast milk and research has shown that they are essential to a newborn's development."

See: Cannabinoids, like those found in marijuana, occur naturally in human breast milk
http://www.naturalnews.com/036526_cannabinoids_breast_milk_THC.html#ixzz3AKr2v8PH

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MEETING AGENDA
Click here for agenda for the Aug. 14, 2014 CDPHE/DOR meeting:
http://cannabispressassociation.com/docs/CDPHE.Agenda.for.State.Local.Workshop-8.14.14.pdf

PHYSICAL LOCATION OF MEETING
Courtyard Marriott Cherry Creek
Skyline Ballroom
1475 South Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80222
Workshop begins at 8:30 am

NOTE: The CDPHE claims that this is not a public meeting, but have refused to provide a list of the official invitees. If you want to attend in person, it is recommended to arrive early to try to cajole a seat out of your public officials.


WEBINAR LOGIN INFORMATION
From: "Contreras - CDPHE, Elyse" <elyse.contreras@state.co.us>
Date: August 13, 2014 10:51:24 AM MDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: 8/14 Marijuana Webinar Details
Marijuana Workshop for State and Local Public Health

Follow the directions below to join the webinar beginning at 8:30 am Thursday, August 14th. This is an all day work shop, the agenda is attached.

This meeting is intended to allow local public health agency representatives the opportunity to learn more abut marijuana regulation in Colorado. No public comment or questions will be taken as the meeting is not considered an open meeting as defined in the Colorado Open Meetings Law, Section 24-6-401 et seq. Questions on the topics discussed can be sent to medical.marijuana@state.co.us.

To join the meeting:
https://cdphe.adobeconnect.com/r6e3dlu1pg2/
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If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:

Test your connection:
https://cdphe.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html
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Elyse Contreras
Programs Coordinator
Retail Marijuana Program & Medical Marijuana Research Grant Program
P 303.692.6455 | F 303.782.0904
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246
elyse.contreras@state.co.us


RELATED CDPHE PRESENTATIONS

"Marijuana and CDPHE" presentation
http://cannabispressassociation.com/docs/CDPHE.Marijuana.and.CDPHE.Presentation.CORA4.pdf

"Marijuana and Pregnancy" presentation
http://cannabispressassociation.com/docs/CDPHE.Marijuana.Pregnancy.Presentation.pdf


NOTE: This information was obtained as a public service by volunteers working with the Cannabis Press Association (CPA), working with the Patient and Caregivers Rights Litigation Project (PCRLP). Please be generous and make a donation today.


For immediate release: Aug. 13, 2014

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