Pot Tourism in Colo.? Marijuana Regulators OK Idea
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Pot Tourism in Colo.? Marijuana Regulators OK Idea
Posted by CN Staff on February 19, 2013 at 19:28:31 PT
By Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Denver -- Marijuana tourism is on the way to Colorado, under a recommendation made Tuesday by a state task force to regulate the drug made legal by voters last year. But Colorado should erect signs in airports and borders telling visitors they can't take pot home, the task force recommended. Colorado's marijuana task force was assembled to suggest regulations for pot after voters chose to flout federal drug law and allow its use without a doctor's recommendation. Made up of lawmakers, law enforcement authorities and marijuana activists, the task force agreed Tuesday that the constitutional amendment on marijuana simply says that adults over 21 can use the drug, not just Colorado residents. If lawmakers agree with the recommendation, tourists would be free to buy and smoke marijuana.
"Imposing a residency requirement would almost certainly create a black market for recreational marijuana in the state," said Rep. Dan Pabon, a Denver Democrat who sits on the task force. Tourists could see purchasing caps though, possibly as low as an eighth of an ounce per transaction. Afraid that marijuana tourism could open the door for traffickers to load up and take it across state borders for illegal sale, task force members agreed that non-residents should be able to buy only limited amounts, though a specific amount wasn't set. "Marijuana purchased in Colorado must stay in Colorado," Pabon warned. "We could attract greater federal scrutiny and displeasure of our neighbors," if marijuana flows across state lines, he said. Task force members were less successful agreeing to recommendations on marijuana growing and public use. Colorado's marijuana law allows home growing but requires plants to be in a locked, secure location out of public view. The task force couldn't agree whether a "locked" and "secure" location would mean a backyard surrounded by a fence, or whether an enclosure such as a shed or greenhouse should be mandatory. One of the task force's most vocal marijuana critics, Greenwood Village Police Chief John Jackson, worried that backyard pot gardens would need more than a chain-link fence to keep kids out. Not all task force members agreed. User advocate Meg Sanders said the covering requirement wouldn't be fair to rural Coloradans. "I think it goes too far in restricting what people can do on their own private property," Sanders said. Public use also prompted a dispute that wasn't resolved Tuesday. Jackson and others wanted to ban marijuana use on publicly visible patios, porches and backyard. Marijuana activists chafed. "So I can drink a beer on my porch? But I can't smoke a joint?" asked marijuana advocate Christian Sederberg. State Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, said lawmakers would hesitate to regulate something legal people do on private property. What about backyard grills that send the smell of hamburgers into the nose of a neighbor who's vegetarian?, she asked. "I don't know how far we want to go telling people what they can't do on their own porches," she said. The porch marijuana question was left unsettled. Task force members also put off a decision on proposals from Jackson to exempt law enforcement from maintaining marijuana and marijuana plants seized during criminal investigations. Potency and labeling recommendations for commercial marijuana will also be discussed later. The task force has until Feb. 28 to recommend marijuana regulations, which will ultimately be set by the state Legislature and the Department of Revenue, the agency which oversees gambling and alcohol and will also regulate recreational pot.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Kristen Wyatt, The Associated PressPublished:  February 20, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Associated PressCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by CajunAggie on February 20, 2013 at 19:45:12 PT:
Talk about a jobs bill. Based on the number of dispensaries that popped up in California (far outnumbered the Starbucks caffeine dispensaries), this could create 10's of thousands of jobs.
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Comment #4 posted by John Tyler on February 20, 2013 at 17:40:33 PT
tourism to Colorado, you bet
Cannabis tourism to Colorado, you bet. Have Cannabis Cultural events, festival, fairs, and big concerts. It would be wonderful. Colorado will make so much money they won’t believe it.
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on February 19, 2013 at 21:39:49 PT
Note: The task force didn't "recommend" it...
Note:One comment (from "Correct") is a good one to note, from a similar Denver Post article."-- that is a false, deliberately misleading headline: the Task Force did not support recommending a clearly unconstitutional ban on non-residents purchasing cannabis in State-licensed stores. This is a complete obfuscation and perversion of the real news, which is that Hack appointed known prohibitionists like the Chief of Police for Greenwood Village, the DA from the Eighth Judicial District, Ed Woods (whose son was killed by an intoxicated driver), and others who are well known opponents of reform to the Task Force charged with implementing Amendment 64! They do not predominate among the Task Force as a whole, but do control key committees, such as the Criminal Law Working Group. The frankly unconstitutional proposals to track purchases and deny some adults with government-issued IDs proving it the right to purchase cannabis originate from people who have absolutely no business being on the Task Force in the first place, and these proposals have distracted the Task Force from what should be its primary goal: recommending the repeal or amendment of the galaxy of criminal statutes proscribing cannabis.Cont.Colorado marijuana task force recommends allowing pot tourism
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on February 19, 2013 at 21:28:52 PT
Also in the Summit Daily News
This story is in the Summit Daily News, in case someone would like to write a letter to the editor to be published.Marijuana tourism in Colorado? Pot regulators OK idea
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Comment #1 posted by Ryannn29 on February 19, 2013 at 20:13:38 PT:
thats just stupid
trying to ban smoking on patios and backyards...ridiculous
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