BILL WOULD OUTLAW FOOD STAMPS FOR EDIBLE MARIJUANA
Food stamps for a pot brownie? Colorado lawmakers want to make sure that doesn’t happen. A bill proposed by several Republicans would add marijuana dispensaries to liquor stores, gun shops and casinos as places where recipients of public assistance payments and food stamps can’t use their electronic benefits cards to access cash. There haven’t been any reports of public EBT cards being used at marijuana dispensaries. But lawmakers say pot shops should be added to the law to make clear it’s not legal. Colorado’s marijuana industry supports the bill and has been debunking rumors about food stamp use in marijuana shops. A hearing for Senate Bill 37 hasn’t been set.
STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS WANT RESEARCH ON MARIJUANA
Colorado health officials want to offer $7.1 million in research grants to examine claims about medical benefits of marijuana. The money would come from medical marijuana registration fees paid to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Medical and recreational marijuana are now legal under state law. Dr. Larry Wolk, director of the health department, says anecdotal reports that a purified form of cannabis helps with seizures have prompted some parents to buy marijuana for their afflicted children. Marijuana research has been largely blocked by federal laws, which still bar marijuana possession. Republican state Representative Cheri Gerou of Evergreen says lawmakers are intrigued by the possibility of marijuana research but want to ensure that state grants to state universities wouldn’t jeopardize their federal funding.
HOUSE PASSES BILL TO NOTIFY POSSIBLE VICTIMS OF HEALTH CARE WEB SITE’S LACK OF SECURITY
The U.S. House yesterday voted to pass legislation (H.R. 3811) to require the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) to notify individuals if their personal information has been compromised through the Obamacare exchanges. House oversight hearings have uncovered information that HHS did not perform a full security assessment of the federal exchange website before it went live, and officials have expressed concerns that information submitted through the exchange will not be adequately protected. Representative Scott Tipton, one of the lawmakers that voted for the bill, said in a statement, “Frankly, we shouldn’t even need to pass a bill to accomplish this, it should be common sense. But from increased costs and decreased accessibility, to broken websites, a seemingly endless series of delays and missed deadlines, common sense has been absent from many aspects of the president’s healthcare law.” Tipton supports a patient-centered healthcare approach that allows for portability and pooling of insurance coverage, and ensures coverage of pre-existing conditions. He believes this can be achieved through a market-driven solution that incentivizes enrollment with affordable access to quality care without forcing people to buy insurance they may not want through a mandate, enacts comprehensive tort reform to protect patients while preventing frivolous lawsuits, and rewards innovation in the healthcare delivery system.
BILL WOULD PROTECT JOURNALISTS
Journalists in Colorado may get legal help protecting their sources after a New York reporter was pressured to divulge sources of information in the 2012 theater shootings. A bill introduced this week would elevate the legal standard on which a reporter can be compelled to reveal sources. It would also delete a current provision in Colorado law that says information being sought in the case can outweigh First Amendment interests. Republican Senator Bernie Herpin introduced the bill because of Jana Winter, a Fox News reporter. Lawyers for theater shooting suspect James Holmes wanted Winter to name sources who told her Holmes mailed a notebook depicting violence to a psychiatrist. A New York court ruled Winter did not have to reveal her sources. Herpin’s bill is modeled after New York’s law.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Hayden’s girls beat West Grand (41-32). The boys lost (62-40).
The Meeker girls topped Hotchkiss (40-32).
Steamboat ‘s boys and girls beat Palisade (B=55-38; G=46-45).
Soroco’s games with South Park were postponed.
The Rangely boys and girls lost to Paonia (B=50-47; G=46-4).
Little Snake River Valley boys defeated Manila (62-51).
Steamboat tied Dakota Ridge (2-2).
Hayden goes to Encampment. The girls play at 2:30 and the boys at 4.
Rangely is on the road to Hotchkiss. The girls play at 2:30 and the boys at 4.
Little Snake River Valley heads to Saratoga. The girls play at 3:30 and the boys at 5.
Meeker heads to Paonia. The girls tip off at 3:30 and the boys at 5.
Steamboat travels to Delta. The girls play at 1 and the boys at 2:30.
Soroco goes to West Grand. The girls play at 1 and the boys at 2:30.
Moffat County girls defeated Aspen 72-27.
Moffat County boys fell to aspen 66-53.
Hayden, Rangely and Meeker continue at the Tournament of Champions in Vernal.
In Nordic skiing:
Steamboat continues at Summit at 11.
In girls swimming:
Moffat County goes to the Mustang invite in Westminster.
The Denver Broncos host the San Diego Chargers in an AFC Divisional playoff game tomorrow. You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at 12:30 and the kick-off at 2:30.