We have an important hearing coming up on Wednesday, April 6. Two marijuana bills will be heard by the House Finance Committee: SB-080 requiring grows to be locked and enclosed, and HB-1261 the Retail Marijuana Sunset bill.
SB-080 would require all cultivation of medical marijuana be conducted in an enclosed and locked space. This is a particular problem for patients 18-21 because the bill copies the restriction directly from retail where a minor is defined as someone under 21, but the medical marijuana law defines a minor as someone under 18. So this bill would effectively ban legal adult patients between the ages of 18 and 21 from cultivating on their own at home. We believe this is unconstitutional. It would also place onerous restrictions on patients and caregivers, particularly those cultivating in open sunlight. Violation can mean fines and jail time, even a drug felony.
We oppose SB-080!
For more about this bill, please read Oppose SB16-080 Secured Marijuana Cultivation.
HB-1261 would continue the retail marijuana system in Colorado. We are watching for an amendment to this bill that would limit potency of all retail marijuana products, including concentrates and edibles, to 16% potency. This would be bad all the way around. Patients who don’t qualify for a medical marijuana license would have much more difficulty finding what they need through the retail system. It would require a change to the constitution, putting the measure before the voters in November. Passage would devastate the industry and embolden the black market. And if they can limit potency for retail, you know they’ll try to push it onto medical next.
We oppose any amendments to HB-1261 that would attempt to restrict potency.
The hearing before the House Finance Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, starting at 1:30 at the Colorado State Capitol in Room 271. Please come and show your opposition to this bill!
Contact the members of the House Finance Committee today. If you live in their district, be sure to tell them that you are a constituent! Ask them to oppose SB-080 and any amendments to HB-1261 that would restrict potency!
HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE (2016)
State Representative – District 6
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2967
State Representative – District 12
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2920
KC BECKER K.
State Representative – District 13
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2578
State Representative – District 38
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2953
State Representative – District 2
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2911
State Representative – District 3
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2921
Speaker Pro Tempore
State Representative – District 4
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2954
State Representative – District 56
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2912
CATHERINE “KIT” ROUPE
State Representative – District 17
Capitol Phone: 303-866-3069
KEVIN VAN WINKLE
State Representative – District 43
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2936
State Representative – District 60
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2747
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