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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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Colorado Legislature Establishes 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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