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Colorado Passes Potent Pot Laws

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Colorado made a sort of history on Tuesday when Governor John Hickenlooper, a staunch former opponent of legalizing marijuana, signed six bills to create laws for governing the seed-to-sale monitoring of recreational marijuana.

The laws provide a solid framework to follow, and according to the Governor the bills were “common sense” legislation as “recreational marijuana really is new territory.”

One of the strictest laws governing pot production awards celebrity status to each seed of pot and ensures the establishment of a separate agency for seed-to-sale video surveillance. We can expect the movie team for the next box office blockbuster “Life of Pot” to hit Colorado anytime next year.

Jokes aside, the new laws do seem to be very common sense measures that can alleviate the concerns of most critics and opponents and at the same time provide order to what is really a new territory.

The highlights of the new marijuana laws in Colorado and their effects are as follows:

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Limits of possessing marijuana for recreational use remain one ounce for all.

People growing marijuana for recreational use at their homes would be allowed to grow only up to six plants with only three plants flowering at any given time.

Residents who are 21 years and older will be allowed to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana.

Visitors to Colorado will be able to purchase only a quarter-ounce of recreational marijuana per transaction. Out-of-state visitors will not be allowed to carry back marijuana when they leave Colorado.

Blood levels of marijuana during driving have been established and the legal limit for drivers will be 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood.

Things that remain illegal include purchasing marijuana from unlicensed vendors, selling marijuana without license, and public use of marijuana.

For the first few months or until proper surveillance methods are established, selling recreational pot would be carried on by individuals and establishments already licensed to sell medical marijuana.

Growth of the recreational marijuana industry, besides being controlled by video surveillance, will be subject to residency requirements – only people who have been residents of Colorado for at least two years may apply for license to grow and sell, and any investors in the industry would also have to meet the same requirements.

According to Denver Post, the first sellers of recreational marijuana would be limited to selling marijuana they have grown themselves, and by October 2014, standalone growers and retailers could start business.

The new framework also recognizes the rights of local governments to ban retail sales of recreational marijuana in their jurisdictions, if they choose to do so.

  • Monica

    This is a nightmare here in Colorado. Almost every kid smokes it, every adult is empty headed and at night you can not ride down the road with your windows open without getting high.

    Colorado is full of morons…

  • jegs

    This country is headed in the wrong direction.

  • gene

    monica, if you leave, there will be one less moron in colorado.

  • bad D

    This is the first step in the right direction. Hopefully, their new regulations will lay the foundation for other states to decriminalize, yet still control, a natural plant that wastes over 3 million man hours of police work every year. The tax payers’ money will be better spent, they have a new taxable item for sale and police will be freed up to go after more serious crimes. Prohibition does not work, and has ruined plenty of innocent lives over the years. It is time the federal government follows suit and quits this endless war on drugs going after a plant.

  • mike

    Monica… go take your red state bs elsewhere. This is progress. Adultery used to be a crime in the U.S. until it was realized this was up to the family courts and not the criminal courts. That’s progress. You know nothing about weed except what you see on fox news. So Get a clue and form your own opinion #cantthinkforherself

    I dont even smoke pot but I’m smart enough to know alcohol and tobacco are scientifically proven to kill you through over usage. Whle no one has yet to attribute 1 death to pot…

    Wow this is why we have longer school years Canada. And teach World history from elementary to high school. So we aren’t ignorant morons that can’t form their own educated and well researched opinion.

    Most Americans don’t know the second ammendment even. The right to bare arms you say? WRONG!

    As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:
    A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

    OK! England isn’t gonna invade. Civilians arent a well organized militia therefore what you are doing is illegal in your own “precious” ammendment.

    You can get guns here but not assault weapons. GROW UP AMERICA! You got ignorants like monica making you as dumb as you look to us outsiders

  • Harm-Monica

    it’s called harm-reduction, Monica. as in, people and kids smoke it anyway and nothing will ever stop them, and now YOUR tax dollars no longer pay for millions of dollars *wasted* on invacerating these people, so that you and your beer/cigarette/sugar/cancer consuming friends have more to make yourselves stupid with, so that you can continue to fall behind the evolutionary curve and post moronic comments online just to look like an ass. hope this helps!

  • Harm-Monica

    (sorry for the typo)
    it’s called harm-reduction, Monica. as in, people and kids smoke it anyway and nothing will ever stop them, and now YOUR tax dollars no longer pay for millions of dollars *wasted* on incarcerating these people, so that you and your beer/cigarette/sugar/cancer consuming friends have more to make yourselves stupid with, so that you can continue to fall behind the evolutionary curve and post moronic comments online just to look like a fool. hope this helps!

    hey you do know that thc has been found to reverse mutagenesis, possibly prevent HIV from entering the brain, and lowers risk of diabetes, all in the news in the last week? or do you not read and just look at the pictures?

  • Krymsun

    “.. the legal limit for drivers will be 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood.” Why? It isn’t alcohol. Why does most everyone automatically jump to the impulsive knee-jerk, FALSE assumption that cannabis impairs drivers much the same as does alcohol? Why let uninformed opinions be the basis of new laws? It took me very little time to do a search, and find actual scientific studies which indicate just how incorrect such an assumption is.

    See: norml.org/library/item/marijuana-and-driving-a-review-of-the-scientific-evidence

    Per Se Drugged Driving Laws and Traffic Fatalities concluded that, as currently implemented, making it illegal to operate a motor vehicle with drugs (or drug metabolites) in the system, has no discernible impact on traffic fatalities.
    See: “ftp.iza.org/dp7048.pdf”

  • Jeff

    Mike – you are 100% incorrect in your interpretation of the second amendment. You missed a very important part of the right for citizens to protect themselves against a tyrannical government too. Oh, I guess you liberals like to leave out facts that hurt your case.

    “A well regulated militia…” This means that citizens have the RIGHT to form any group, militia, gang, whatever you want to call it, to protect themselves and their families from government or foreign invaders.

    Mike – seems to me that you are one of those folks who rely heavily on the government for everyday tasks. If it weren’t for the second amendment, and if it weren’t for the RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS, we would not have the United States that we know today.

    Every citizen has the right to bear arms. It is in the constitution. End of story.

  • RD

    Jeff – ““A well regulated militia…” This means that citizens have the RIGHT to form any group, militia, gang, whatever you want to call it, to protect themselves and their families from government or foreign invaders.”

    Well, technically, the “well regulated” part means that the citizens absolutely don’t have the right to form just any old militia/whatever all willy nilly. It wouldn’t be regulated at all then, by definition. That part to form a militia tends to be taken to be a right of the states (hence the “security of the free state” part), which is why we have the National Guard, which is a state by state based actual well regulated militia. Now, if you were the get laws passed that specified how people should be able to set up militias and the regulations that they’d have to follow, and all that, then you’d be able to form a well regulated militia as just a citizen, so long as you followed the rules.

    The reason that the right of the people to keep and bear arms is necessary to this state militia forming, at least at the time it was written, was that traditionally militias would be conscripted by the government in times of need, and they’d be expected to be able to provide their own weaponry rather than having it supplied to them.

  • http://www.movies-suck.com/ Wastrel Way

    The same old same old. The marijuana business as established by generations of growers, sellers and consumers, remains illegal. With the requirements of taxation and licensing, etc. it is possibly even more illegal than before. There will be many who continue to violate the law, simply from what you might call inertia or tradition.

    In other words, this is not the decriminalization you were hoping for. This is merely a layer of government control. Those of us who are watching our nation go down the tubes due to excessive government regulation and foolish unenforceable laws will recognize what is happening here.

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