Pot Shop Regulations Hazy if Amendment 64 Passes 
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Pot Shop Regulations Hazy if Amendment 64 Passes 
Posted by CN Staff on November 01, 2012 at 05:32:29 PT
By John Ingold, Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- The subtitle for Amendment 64 in the Colorado voter guide is "Use and Regulation of Marijuana."While the use side is clear  the amendment legalizes marijuana use and possession of up to an ounce for people over 21  the regulation half is more murky. The amendment does not spell out the precise details of how the commercial marijuana industry it allows would be regulated. Instead, it leaves those specifics up to the state legislature and the Department of Revenue, which would oversee the businesses. (Local governments could also ban the businesses.)
In explaining how the marijuana-store regulations would work, proponents sometimes point to Colorado's system governing medical-marijuana businesses. That system involves security requirements for the businesses, monitoring of marijuana plants as they are grown and shipped, and auditors who perform site visits."That certainly provides a good starting point for them," said Mason Tvert, one of Amendment 64's backers. "But ultimately it will be up to them to determine how they want to handle it."Critics, though, say the medical-marijuana system shows it would be difficult to regulate a recreational marijuana industry effectively.The lift-off of the state's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division  the Revenue Department branch that regulates dispensaries  has been bumpy. Though 2 years old, the division still has as many applications pending for dispensary licenses as it has licenses actually issued  268 each, according to the latest numbers. A funding shortfall caused by a delay in issuing licenses led the division to slash its workforce nearly in half earlier this year.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, Denver PostPublished: November 1, 2012Copyright: 2012 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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