Colorado lawmakers debate tighter marijuana laws

COLORADO: On Thursday, state lawmakers will hold a hearing on the first in a series of bills aimed at adjusting the laws that regulate legalized marijuana in Colorado.

State lawmakers passed hundreds of pages of new laws to regulate marijuana before legal sales started this year, with a general desire to regulate pot like alcohol.

But, they missed some things last year.

“If you present a fake ID at a liquor store, try to buy alcohol, the liquor store has the authority to seize the fake ID and hold you for a few minutes while they call the police,” Rep. Daniel Kagan (D-Cherry Hills Village) said. “Not so in marijuana, and that struck me as illogical and wrong.” [Read more…]

Colorado Issues First Licenses For Recreational Marijuana Businesses

COLORADO: Colorado on Monday became the first U.S. state to issue special licenses for recreational marijuana businesses.

After weeks of scrutiny of applications, officials at the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division slipped 348 approved licenses into the mail and sent them out to hundreds of stores, products-makers and cultivation facilities. Those businesses could begin producing and selling marijuana to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1, assuming the businesses also have the approval of their local governments. [Read more…]