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Marijuana Advocate Ken Gorman Dies in Shooting

By Hempology | February 22, 2007

Feb 18, 2007 4:36 pm US/Mountain

Raj Chohan

(CBS4) DENVER A Denver man known as a pioneer in the fight for Colorado’s medical marijuana law was shot and killed Saturday night after his house was broken into.

Ken Gorman, an outspoken advocate for legalizing marijuana, grew pot in his home on the 1,000 block of South Decatur Street.

Denver police said they are investigating the shooting, but were releasing few details Sunday afternoon. Family members told CBS4 Gorman was the victim in the crime.

Last weekend, CBS4′s Rick Sallinger did an investigation on Colorado’s medical marijuana law that centered on Gorman. Gorman had recently been giving seminars on how to use the law to obtain the drug even if you aren’t sick.

Gorman was on Colorado’s medical marijuana registry. He said he had been suffering chronic pain from bersitis.

A CBS4 employee recently approached Gorman with a hidden camera and told him he only wanted marijuana to get high. Gorman then filled a form designating CBS4′s employee as one of his caregivers.

“When we passed the law we passed a great, great law,” Gorman said to the CBS4 employee. “There are so many holes in it that for us, the patient, police can’t do anything.”

Gorman was also the host of an annual large marijuana smoke-out at the state capitol. He once ran for the state’s highest office, and earned the nickname, “the governor.”

Colorado is one of 11 states that has legalized the use of marijuana for medical reasons.

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