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Five Things to Know about Legal Marijuana in Colorado

September 12th

DENVER, CO  – Colorado has become the first state to adopt regulations for recreational marijuana businesses, which are expected to open at the beginning of next year. The rules released this week by the state Department of Revenue cover everything from pot-shop licensing to marijuana packaging and advertising. Here are five things to know about […]

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Legal Marijuana States Move Forward With Rules

September 12th

DENVER, CO — Colorado this week became the first legal marijuana state to set its final rules for pot commerce, but Washington state isn’t far behind. Voters in the two states last November approved marijuana legalization, and the actuality of it now looms. On Monday, the Colorado Department of Revenue released 136 pages of final rules designed […]

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Colorado Releases Marijuana Sales Rule Book

September 12th

DENVER, CO – Colorado has codified final rules for recreational marijuana businesses in a 136-page report, in anticipation of its legalization of marijuana in January. The rules, released Monday, cover licensing, inventory tracking, advertising and an assortment of other requirements, the most comprehensive effort of any state to date to take the marijuana market and turn […]

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Colorado Releases Marijuana Growing, Sales Regulations

July 1st

DENVER, CO – Detailed rules for how recreational marijuana in Colorado should be grown and sold starting next year were released Monday.

The state department that will regulate marijuana released more than 60 pages of rules for how marijuana sales will be licensed and regulated. The Colorado Legislature set broad parameters earlier this year, but many nitty-gritty rules were left to the Department of Revenue.

Marijuana possession by adults has been legal since last December in Colorado, but retail sales don’t begin until January. The voter-approved marijuana legalization measure adopted last year required the department to release rules by July 1. The rules released Monday don’t apply to medical marijuana dispensaries.

The rules require labels to include potency, expiration dates and a disclaimer that marijuana isn’t legal outside Colorado and hasn’t been safety-tested.

Recreational marijuana will also come with the disclaimer that “there may be health risks associated with the consumption of this product.”

Marijuana labels won’t be allowed to make claims that the product brings any health benefit.

The rules also detail exact specifications for who can work in marijuana businesses and how the drug can be transported and stored.

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Colorado Law Enforcement Applauds Historic Marijuana Regulations

May 29th

DENVER – A group of law enforcement officials is celebrating today after Colorado’s governor John Hickenlooper signed six bills establishing a regulatory framework for the state’s newly legalized marijuana market into law Tuesday.

LEAPThe bills are the result of months of work of a specially appointed task force that looked into the issue and made recommendations for how to implement the proposition legalizing marijuana voters overwhelmingly approved last November.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs, while not endorsing all measures called for in the bills, was optimistic about the future of legalized regulation in Colorado.

“Yesterday Colorado became the first place in history to implement full taxation and regulation of marijuana,” said former judge Leonard Frieling, a LEAP speaker. “Taxpayers win under this system. Courts win und. . . . . READ MORE

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The Highs (and Lows) of Colorado’s Recreational Marijuana Laws

May 29th

For the first year, only established medical marijuana dispensaries will be able to offer marijuana to adults.

For the few months, only established medical marijuana dispensaries will be able to offer marijuana to adults.

DENVER, CO — Colorado’s governor signed six marijuana regulatory bills into law Tuesday while the state awaits a federal response to recreational marijuana legalization.

The new laws seek to regulate legalized cannabis and keep it away from children, without being so strict that marijuana sales stay in the black market.

Some highlights from Colorado’s new cannabis laws:

YOU CAN COME BUY IT, BUT YOU CAN’T TAKE IT HOME

Visitors to Colorado will have purchasing limits of a quarter-ounce of marijuana in a single transaction. The law doesn’t ban adults over 21 from possessing a full ounce, residents or not. But the purchasing limits w. . . . . READ MORE

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Governor Hickenlooper Signs Bills Regulating Marijuana for Adult Use

May 29th

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DENVER— Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed legislation Tuesday that continue the reform of marijuana laws in Colorado, set in motion last November by the voters of the state.

Once voters made it clear that marijuana prohibition must end, Hickenlooper established a task force of various stakeholder communities to provide guidance for the general assembly to enact legislation to implement Amendment 64.  The task force recommendations became the basis of the work of a select legislative committee that devised the bills signed today by the Governor.

“Despite not supporting Amendment 64, our Governor has shown true leadership by ensuring his office and the general assembly implemented the will of the voters,” said Art Way, senior drug policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance.  “These implementing pieces of legislation signed by the governor are the beginning of statewide efforts to bring marijuana above ground in a mann. . . . . READ MORE

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Colorado Gov. to Sign Marijuana Tax and Regulation Bills Today

May 28th

Colorado Amendment 64 victory celebration, November 2012.

Colorado Amendment 64 victory celebration, November 2012.

DENVER, CO —  Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to sign a series of bills Tuesday that will tax and regulate marijuana as approved by voters in Colorado.

The legislature was charged with creating the rules and regulations for the recreational cannabis industry when voters approved the marijuana legalization Amendment 64 last November, and finalized those regulations in early May.

The bills will establish, among other things, the regulations regarding how marijuana should be grown, packaged and sold.  The bills also include a law giving the voters the option of imposing a 25% tax on recreational cannabis, a bill to create new impaired driving limits, and a bill allowing marijuana businesses in Colorado to claim certain business deductions at the state tax level.

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First Amendment Lawsuits Threatened Over ‘Pot Pornography’ Provision

May 10th

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DENVER, CO — A Denver attorney says he plans to file a First Amendment lawsuit against the government of Colorado if Governor John Hickenlooper signs a bill passed this week by the state legislature that requires marijuana magazines to be treated like pornography — placed behind the counter at retail stores.

The unusual provision to treat pot magazines like pornography was added last week by a Senate committee, making Colorado the first — and only — state to require stores that allow entry to shoppers under age 21 to place pot magazines behind the counter.

Supporters of marijuana legalization point out that tobacco and alcohol magazines are not subject to such scrutiny.

“I have no problem with keeping High Times behind the counter, as long as its displayed there next to Cigar Aficionado and Beer Advocate,” said one Denver resident.  ”But if those magazines are not kept behind the counter, neither should High Times.”

Denver attorney David Lane, who represents the Daily Doobie and Hemp Connoisseur, says if the ‘treat pot as pornography’ rule goes into effect, he is prepared to launch a lawsuit claiming his cl. . . . . READ MORE

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Colorado Lawmakers Establish Regulated Marijuana Market for Adults

May 9th

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DENVER, CO — On the final day of their legislative session, the Colorado legislature made history Wednesday by passing the first bills nationwide to establish a regulated marijuana market for adults.  The legislature was charged with doing so when voters approved the marijuana legalization Amendment 64 last November.

In addition to passing and sending to the governor a bill to regulate the recreational cannabis market in Colorado, the legislature also passed a bill to establish what will become the first tax ever collected on commercial sales of marijuana purchased for recreational use in the United States.

Two other bills were passed by the legislature this week relating to marijuana: one that would establish a driving impairment standard, and another which treats marijuana magazines, such as High Times and Nuggs, as pornography, requiring them to be kept behind the counter at retail stores.

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