A set of laws to govern how recreational marijuana should be grown, sold and taxed was signed into law Tuesday in Colorado, where Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper called the laws the state’s best attempt to navigate the uncharted territory of legalized recreational pot.
With recreational marijuana use legal in Colorado there is an emphasis on the safety of children who are exposed to dangerous drug environments.
Colorado’s police chiefs are demanding more restrictions on marijuana in our state, and they say if they aren’t listened to they will take their concerns to the federal government.
Marijuana regulations including purchasing limits are up for review Wednesday in the House.
When Colorado voters legalized marijuana last year, they also legalized its industrial cousin, hemp. Since then, Colorado lawmakers have spent a lot of time reviewing marijuana, but they’re just starting work on regulating hemp.
A legislative panel decided Friday that marijuana in Colorado could be taxed at rates above 30 percent. But voters would have to OK the taxes, and some lawmakers fear the state’s tax-skeptical public could reject such high rates.
Future marijuana shops in Colorado could face more neighborhood reaction before opening their doors. That’s under a looming legislative recommendation to address one of the biggest complaints with current medical marijuana shops — that neighbors don’t always know they’re coming.
The marijuana regulation debate in Colorado continues Thursday with lawmakers asking who should regulate the newly legal drug.
A long-simmering marijuana driving debate in Colorado appears to be nearing an end. The state House gave unanimous approval Tuesday to a bill setting pot blood limits for drivers.
Marijuana regulation is moving at a snail’s pace in Colorado, where lawmakers held a third hearing on the drug Friday but agreed to only one measure.