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Health & Nurturing
2013 July
Pg 7 - The Sunshine Express
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When Gov. Hickenlooper signed the marijuana
policy package into law, it included a provision
that would severely limit the freedom of marijua-
na-themed magazines and other publications.
The law would have required such magazines
to be kept behind the counter in any store that
allows customers under 21, treating marijuana
publications similar to pornography.
In the face of lawsuits filed recently by various
marijuana magazines opposed to the law on
grounds of free speech, Colorado¡¯s State Licens-
ing Authority on June 5 issued emergency Regu-
lation R 1101, saying the provision will not be
enforced.
Rule R 1101- Magazine Sales officially states that
¡°No magazine whose primary focus is mari-
juana or marijuana businesses is required to be
sold only in retail marijuana stores or behind the
counter in establishments where persons under
twenty-one years of age are present, because such
a requirement would violate the United States
Constitution, the Colorado Constitution, and sec-
tion 24-4-103(4)(a.5)(IV), C.R.S.¡±
Other restrictions might also be deemed uncon-
stitutional. Two federal lawsuits, one filed by the
three pot publications, High Times Magazine, The
Daily Doobie and The Hemp Connoisseur, and
another by the ACLU on behalf of booksellers,
had sought to have the rule declared unconstitu-
tional in court.
Permanent rules for recreational marijuana will
be crafted by Colorado¡¯s State Licensing Author-
ity with input from an appointed ¡°representative
group¡± of citizens over the summer. A formal
rule-making hearing is scheduled for the week of
August 19.
The Medicine Cabinet
Enactment Will Increase Access to Natural
Medicine for Illness Prevention and Treatment
Governor John Hickenlooper, on June 5, signed
into law a measure to allow naturopathic doctors
to register with the state to legally practice natu-
ropathic medicine. Colorado becomes the 17th
state to do so, along with the District of Columbia.
¡°I am proud that Colorado has taken the lead in
ensuring that well trained naturopathic doctors,
appropriately regulated, become a viable health
care option for the citizens of our state,¡± said Rep.
Joann Ginal (D-Ft. Collins), the bill¡¯s lead sponsor.
Sen. Linda Newell (D-Littleton), the bill¡¯s spon-
sor in the Senate, commented that ¡°naturopathic
doctors are going to be a key component in health
care, saving the state millions of dollars through
their focus on disease prevention and natural
treatment, such as nutrition, lifestyle counseling
and botanical medicine.¡±
Naturopathic doctors are trained to prevent and
treat chronic conditions associated with lifestyle,
such as hypertension, weight gain, obesity, and
diabetes, as well as most other illnesses. The law
will enable Coloradans to distinguish between na-
turopathic doctors and lay or traditional naturo-
paths, who lack extensive graduate-level clinical
training. The law allows naturopathic doctors
Colorado Governor Signs Bill
Regulating Naturopathic Doctors
who have completed a 4-year
post-graduate program at an
accredited naturopathic medi-
cal school and have passed a
national science and clinical
board exam to register with
the state.
Currently, more than 150
naturopathic doctors practice
in Colorado. As with other
licensed medical professionals,
a framework will now be pro-
vided for the safe and effective
conduct of their profession,
including:
-A registration program for
qualified naturopathic doctors.
cine, with its emphasis on self-responsibility
and body¡¯s inherent self-healing capacity, is
effective in many cases of preventable illness,
which affect a vast and increasing number of
Americans.¡±
Further information is available by contact-
ing CoAND (303.507.0179 or clarknatural-
medicine@gmail.com) or by contacting AANP
(202.237.8150 or jud.richland@naturopathic.org).
The American Association of Naturopathic
Physicians is a professional association that
strives to make naturopathic medicine available
to every American, and to increase recognition
of naturopathic physicians as the identified
authorities on natural medicine. Learn more at
naturopathic.org. (source: naturopathic.org)
-A multi-disciplinary advisory committee with
oversight responsibility.
-Requirements to maintain liability insurance and
meet continuing professional competencies.
-A requirement that naturopathic doctors commu-
nicate and collaborate, as appropriate, with other
health care practitioners.
¡°This is a great day for naturopathic doctors and
the citizens of Colorado,¡± remarked Denise Clark,
ND, president of the Colorado Association of
Naturopathic Doctors (CoAND). ¡°Our members
are dedicated to patient-centered, preventive care.
Naturopathic doctors provide a safe, effective,
and affordable alternative for patients seeking
holistic health care.¡±
¡°An increasing base of scientific research is af-
firming that naturopathic medicine is useful in
the treatment of numerous chronic illnesses,¡±
observed Jud Richland, MPH, Chief Executive Of-
ficer of the American Association of Naturopathic
Physicians (AANP). ¡°A good example is the
recent study in the Canadian Medical Association
Journal, documenting that naturopathic medicine
may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
among people at high risk. Naturopathic medi