Colorado Lawmakers Approve First-In-The-Nation Regulations Governing Retail Marijuana Production And Sales

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director May 9, 2013

    Colorado lawmakers made history Wednesday by approving first-in-the nation regulations governing the retail production and sale of cannabis to those age 21 and older.

    The Huffington Post has the story here:

    On the final day of the legislative session, Colorado lawmakers finally passed two historic bills to implement recreational marijuana legalization in the state — making Colorado the first state in the U.S. to take such steps toward the legal sale, regulation and tax of marijuana for recreational use.

    House Bill 1317, which proposes the regulatory framework for legal marijuana, passed the Senate on a 29-6 vote and passed the House on a 37-28 vote, on Wednesday.

    House Bill 1318, which proposes the tax rates which will fund the regulatory framework for legal marijuana sales and will ultimately need Colorado voter approval, passed the Senate 25-10 and passed the House 37-28, Wednesday.

    Both the regulatory framework bill and the tax bill head to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk and appear poised to become law.

    The two measures do not impact the state’s existing medical marijuana laws, nor do they interfere with existing legal protections legalizing the personal possession (up to one ounce) and cultivation (up to six plants) for non-commercial purposes.

    Further details about the newly approved regulatory bills is available here.

    Lawmakers’ proposed tax scheme on the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis must be approved by a majority of state voters before being implemented. Proposed taxes do not apply to those engaged in the personal cultivation or not-for-profit transfers of cannabis.

    Lawmakers’ proposals come six months after 55 percent of state voters approved Amendment 64, which legalizes the adults possession and cultivation of limited quantities of marijuana, and tasked the state with establishing regulations for the retail production and sale of cannabis to the public.

    46 Responses to “Colorado Lawmakers Approve First-In-The-Nation Regulations Governing Retail Marijuana Production And Sales”

    1. Anonymous says:

      Do you have to show proof of residency to make a purchase ?

      [Editor’s note: Unlike medical cannabis laws, the adult use laws passed last year in both CO and WA don’t require residency or registering (and paying extra fees) as a medical cannabis patient.

      Adults will be able to go into any retail establishment and make a purchase, just like they can now with alcohol and tobacco products.]

    2. ajo says:

      So the only way to enjoy cannabis is to get rid of a vehicle. Who wants to buy cannabis anyway? Grow your own is the only way to go. It sounds to me this is a limited cannabis deal to extract money and increase the police state. I would like to know if one can grow anywhere one may live, be it an apartment or lesser dwelling, due to low or fixed income. Growing numbers cannot afford house payments or high rents. I am a disabled vet, cannabis user for 43 years, with low income. Can I afford rent and living expenses somewhere in Colorado? Anybody have any idea?

    3. chris says:

      is there going to be a component limit? i hear rumors of a certain percentage limit on THC/CBD all that stuff.

    4. roland says:

      I was wandering if anyone out there has the technology or knowledge to create a pot seed BB gun an create a video on U tube on how to do it or possibly manufacture one for sales,,. could some one create alternative rock lyrics to create a new generation of johnny pot seed saga wth unique cartoon videos wth the song an crafty versions of cd covers PEACE AN SOW THE SEEDS AMERICA

    5. Dave Evans says:

      Dear Editor, maybe I’m crazy but I do not mind paying taxes as long my money isn’t being spent on hurting people–especially our own people. I like having roads and schools :) Dipshits on power-trips? Not so much.

    6. steve72751 says:

      I am disabled and moving to Colorado in a month. Anyone know where rent is less? My SSI does not pay me very much. Thinking of Colorado Springs, maybe….

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