Hb 1385: Help Us Update The Children's Code!

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Hb 1385: Help Us Update The Children's Code!
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Cannabis Patients Alliance says
POSTPONED YET AGAIN!
Sorry folks. The hearing has been postponed yet again until Tuesday, April 26 at 1:30. With just 3 weeks to go, the legislative calendar is filling up and every bill is fighting for time. Once this bill gets going, it will move very quickly. We need to stay flexible. Watch this event page for current developments.

ADVOCACY ALERT! WE'RE CHANGING THE CHILD WELFARE CODE!

Support HB16-1385!
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2016a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/8CBD4ED6CD3F82C587257F2400659BCB?Open&file=1385_01.pdf

This bill, sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Singer and Sen. Linda Newell, updates and modernizes the language of the definition of "abuse" or "child abuse or neglect" in the "Colorado Children's Code" to reflect the ways a child's welfare can be threatened or harmed by adults through the use of or exposure to substances. It allows for prescription or recommendation of substances for medical purposes during pregnancy under the care and monitoring of a healthcare provider who is aware of the pregnancy, not necessarily an OB/Gyn. It is meant to give clear guidance as to appropriate child welfare intervention in families when substance use, possession, cultivation, manufacturing, or distribution is a factor. This does not change the criminal code.

This is the most important and challenging piece of legislation I've worked on. In 2013 and 2014, we fought legislation that would have changed the Children's Code, but in a way we were concerned could be poorly interpreted and put cannabis-consuming parents in further jeopardy. Many might remember the dramatic rally and hearing on April 9, 2014, when we defeated that bill.

After 2 years of working together, starting with an educational campaign on keeping kids safe from substances called Smart Choices Safe Kids, we've finally managed to come to a place where both sides can find support. http://smartchoicessafekids.org/

We know this topic is controversial and won't be without opposition, so it's important that we come ready with facts and show strong support. There's always room for improvement, so we're open to friendly amendments that would make this bill better.

HB1385 will have its first hearing by the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee on Tuesday, April 12, at 1:30pm in Room 107 (basement). Mark your calendar and plan to be there to show your support!

Feel free to bring your kids, but plan to wait. This bill is second on the agenda.
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By: Cannabis Patients Alliance

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