Denver Direct: All Things MJ with Jessica LeRoux – April 7, 2013 – 8 truths about vertical integration
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Vertical Integration is an unenforceable burden, and a drag on the MMED. This is a direct quote of MMED director Laura Harris regarding vertical Integration. Please read the rest of the article in the link to Reason Magazine… You may find that the names implicated are the familiar and well funded lobbyists… and that some of my oft chorused concerns about protectionism from the Task Force & Legislative Work groups are reflected by Ms Harris. It could look awfully fishy in the next election cycle if it became apparent that a vertical integration monopoly was rushed through with behind the scenes wrangling while the truth about Its failure was swept under the rug but for this rather timely audit of the MMED.
“There are folks in this industry [who] are interested in maintaining that status quo,” says Harris, who as head of the MMED should know a thing or two about the reality of marijuana regulation in Colorado. “What you will hear from many in industry is that this works. Well, I’m not as optimistic about it working. If it worked, we would be able to present evidence of how the model works toward good enforcement….I’m not as optimistic that the theoretical model works as well as I think they hoped it would.”
Vertical Integration is not required for infused products manufacturers under the medical model. MIPs represent roughly 100 licensed and in process businesses in Colorado with existing brands and hundreds of tax paying employees. We are not a source of concern for the MMED regarding diversion nor has my own company ever been investigated for any rules violation period. Every single gram of medicine we use to make our infusions is documented into our system on camera, as well as recorded throughout the process and every single gram of edibles that we export is tracked until the point where the MMC we’ve wholesaled it to takes possession of the delivery and counts it into their inventory on camera. Vertical integration is not necessary to successfully track every gram from seed to sale, and MIPs are living proof of that fact.
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