Denver City Council Makes Move To Decriminalize Marijuana

COLORADO:  The Denver City Council has made a move to try and make sure kids who are caught with pot aren’t punished too harshly.

A law voters passed last year decriminalized marijuana possession for adults but it didn’t consider the legal repercussions for a minor.

People under 21 with pot were left open to criminal charges that would stay on their permanent record.

Denver city councilors want it to become a civil charge still enforced by a petty fine but with no lasting legal consequences.

Colorado Marijuana Shop Owners Racing To Bag Safety

COLORADO:  Child-resistant packaging is a pillar of Colorado’s rules for recreational pot shops, approved as a requirement months ago to reduce the risk of accidental ingestion by young children.

But several business owners say they are struggling to find vendors that manufacture the proper bags or can supply enough to meet demand in time for the opening of the first stores Jan. 1.

All retail pot products leaving shops — from buds to brownies — must be placed in opaque and child-resistant packaging.

“A number of our members are having an incredibly difficult time,” said Mike Elliott, director of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, the state’s largest marijuana business group. “We’re all looking for ways to comply with this rule, and everyone is worried we’re not going to be able to, basically.” [Read more…]

Colorado Marijuana Shop Owners Racing To Bag Safety

COLORADO:  Child-resistant packaging is a pillar of Colorado’s rules for recreational pot shops, approved as a requirement months ago to reduce the risk of accidental ingestion by young children.

But several business owners say they are struggling to find vendors that manufacture the proper bags or can supply enough to meet demand in time for the opening of the first stores Jan. 1.

All retail pot products leaving shops — from buds to brownies — must be placed in opaque and child-resistant packaging.

“A number of our members are having an incredibly difficult time,” said Mike Elliott, director of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, the state’s largest marijuana business group. “We’re all looking for ways to comply with this rule, and everyone is worried we’re not going to be able to, basically.” [Read more…]

Denver City Council Gives Initial Approval To Ban On Open Use Of Marijuana

COLORADO:  The Denver City Council approved a proposal on first reading Monday night that would ban the open use of recreational marijuana, even on private party.

Some council members argue that Colorado voters agreed to legalization of recreational use of marijuana, but not public consumption of it.

The council heard public comments Monday night. It also heard from police Chief Robert White who said enforcement of such an ordinance would be a low priority for the police department.

Denver City Council Gives Initial Approval To Ban On Open Use Of Marijuana

COLORADO:  The Denver City Council approved a proposal on first reading Monday night that would ban the open use of recreational marijuana, even on private party.

Some council members argue that Colorado voters agreed to legalization of recreational use of marijuana, but not public consumption of it.

The council heard public comments Monday night. It also heard from police Chief Robert White who said enforcement of such an ordinance would be a low priority for the police department.

How High Is Too High For Colorado Pot Tax?

COLORADO: After legalizing recreational marijuana last year, Colorado voters Tuesday are considering a tax on the drug.

The ballot measure represents the “politics of compromise,” said Rep. Jonathan Singer, the Democratic state legislator behind the tax proposal. The tax on marijuana must be high enough to generate revenue for enforcement but low enough to deter consumers from buying the drug on the black market, Singer said. [Read more…]

Colorado Voters To Decide How To Tax Pot

COLORADO: A pro-pot jingle in Colorado last year went like this: “Jobs for our people/Money for schools/Who could ask for more?” Nearly a year after Colorado legalized recreational weed, voters get the chance to decide exactly how much more — in taxes.

On Tuesday, voters decide whether to approve a 15 percent pot excise tax to pay for school construction, plus an extra sales tax of 10 percent to fund marijuana enforcement. [Read more…]

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Visitors Exhibit Confusion About Colorado’s Marijuana Laws

COLORADO: The ski season is just two weeks old and already there appears to be some confusion about Colorado’s new laws governing personal marijuana use and possession.

According to a recent CBS Denver report, several visitors to Arapahoe Basin Ski Area have had their ski passes revoked due to public use of marijuana. A-Basin officials declined to comment about how many passes it has pulled so far this season and how ski area officials were made aware of the violations. [Read more…]