and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project
patient rights through the courts.
"It is clear that marijuana law in Colorado has gotten
out of control. Before 2009, we had only 3 pages of marijuana
law. Now we have over 600 pages of marijuana law. Most of it is
bad law, which is both bad for businesses and bad for medical
The Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project is one of the only
patient-centered advocacy groups in Colorado. Please join us in helping
patients achieve the best quality of life with minimum interference from
PCRLP is currently involved in 3 lawsuits in Colorado:
1) First Medical Marijuana Federal Preemption Challenge (Coats v.
PCLRP was the only patient advocacy organization to file an amicus
("friend of the court") brief in the case of Coats v. Dish Network,
which is being deliberated on by the Colorado Supreme Court. This case
will set precedent in Colorado and nationwide on whether medical marijuana
use is a "right". Oral arguments were heard in September 2014.
A decision is expected in January 2015. Click
here to read the PCRLP Amicus Brief in the case of Coats v. Dish Network
Marijuana Fifth Amendment Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn Self-Incriminating
State Licensing Requirements Colorado marijuana businesses would
revert back to pre-2010 business models protected by the Constitution.
behalf of PCRLP and others, attorney Robert J. Corry, Jr. filed a lawsuit
on Dec. 5, 2014 in Denver District Court seeking to permanently end Colorado's
marijuana self-incriminating regulatory licensing system, on the grounds
that the regulations violate a citizen's Fifth Amendment right against
self-incrimination, since marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
PCRLP brings up precedent-setting cases to support argument: US vs Leary
in the US Supreme Court (1969) and Colorado vs Duleff in the Colorado
Supreme Court (1973). Click
here for more info.
Lawsuit Against CDPHE for Stealing Patient Application Fees
The Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project (PCRLP) filed a lawsuit
on Dec. 16, 2014 against the Colorado Department of Public Health and
Environment (CDPHE) asking the Denver District Court to block implementation
of the Medical Marijuana Research Grant Program on the grounds that over-collected
medical marijuana patient fees in the Medical Marijuana Cash Fund cannot
be legally used to fund the program. Click
here for more info.
Kathleen Chippi, the founder
and driving force behind PCRLP
the Colorado Constitution
Patient and Caregiver Rights
P.O. Box 1794, Nederland, CO 80466
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