After months of intense debate among city councils about whether to opt-in (or opt-out) of retail marijuana sales, the Colorado legislature will begin reviewing recommendations that will eventually turn into regulations that govern such sales.
A DenverPost.com report reveals that a committee of 10 lawmakers recently began reviewing the work of a task force assigned to suggest potential rules that apply to the entire cycle of marijuana cultivation and use. Recommendations were received from law enforcement, other government regulators and marijuana advocates. They cover topics including how the marijuana shall be grown, how it may be taxed, and how proceeds may be spent.
Other recommendations included:
• Standards for which pesticides would be permitted in growing marijuana.
• Rules for potency testing and labeling to show the relative strength of specific mixtures
• Suggestions that pot be sold in child protective containers
• Rules on taking marijuana across state lines
• How tourists would be treated if they wanted to purchase marijuana
• Whether online sales would be allowed.
Lawmakers expect a long process of debate as they pour through the 165 pages of recommended rules. The voter approved law, Amendment 64, requires the legislature to issue regulations in place by July. Given the imminent date, the committee expects to have several meeting each week to work through the recommendations. It is also expected that a special session may not be called if lawmakers cannot finish their work.
We will continue to update the story as more details become available.
Source: DenverPost.com, Marijuana regulation heads to Colorado Capitol, March 15, 2013