Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Registry Develops Scientific Advisory Council

On May 5, 2014, legislators passed Senate Bill 14-155 amending Colorado Revised Statute 25-1.5-106 to create a medical marijuana research grant program to fund research regarding the medical efficacy and appropriate  administration of marijuana  as part of medical treatment.

The statute requires the Department to develop a scientific advisory council to evaluate research proposals and make recommendations to the state Board of Health for funding. Currently we are seeking letters of interest from community partners interested in serving on this advisory council as  “a person who represents medical marijuana patient interests.”  The statute strictly defines the council structure, which includes one position for a patient representative.

If you are interested in serving on this council, please send an email to physicianreview@state.co.us by May 30, 2014.   Please provide the following information in your response, and any additional information that may be helpful in determining who to appoint to this position.

  1. Describe your knowledge and experience related to medical marijuana.
  2. Describe how you are a good choice to represent medical marijuana patient interest including your experience serving on boards, commissions, or work groups concerning medical marijuana patients, participating in patient education and outreach initiatives, or other activities to support patient well-being.
  3. Explain your knowledge and understanding of current research as it pertains to effectiveness of medical marijuana.
  4. Affirm that you are able to make a one-year commitment to attend monthly meetings which may last up to four hours. 


  1. First of all, I’m not on the Registry, because I don’t have any of the qualifying medical conditions. Sure, I COULD do like a lot of people do, and get on because of a Little League baseball injury or because of a fall from my bicycle when I was 8, but that would be dishonest.

    Second, I would like to thank CDPHE for their efforts to initiate scientific research into the real effects and benefits of marijuana. We have too much pseudo-science and anecdotal nonsense out there, and we need more research. Members of the advocate fringe community keep trying to dupe people into falsely believing that marijuana CURES everything from cancer to the common cold. This is pure nonsense.

    Finally, I would encourage the Board of Health and CDPHE to stand their ground against the radical advocate community. I know that the DEA would love nothing more than to try to shut you down. The only way for your program to survive is to keep the bar elevated to an appropriate level. Don’t be afraid to set, maintain, and enforce standards.


    1. @ anonymous, I applaud you for not using your " little league" or " watching sports" injuries to get a registry card. It's because of residents like yourself that Colorado has been giving this opportunity not only to generate additional income but to assist some residents with certain chronic conditions that they normally have to take pill after pill for. I am one of them. I do not in any way believe that marijuana cures anything but good eyesight but it can help with nausea which is a side effect of most of the terminal illnesses. It does increase your appetite and can help with anxiety. I'm just as pleased as you with the establishment of the CDPHE as I'm hoping they add additional illnesses like insomnia to the list. Thank you for your integrity.