Pot Task Force Recommends Special Marijuana Sales
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Pot Task Force Recommends Special Marijuana Sales
Posted by CN Staff on February 28, 2013 at 19:38:09 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Denver -- What Colorado will look like with legal marijuana became significantly clearer Thursday when the state task force proposing rules for that new world finished its work.Under proposals endorsed by the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, recreational marijuana in Colorado would be heavily taxed. It would be grown only indoors. It would not be allowed to be smoked at bars, restaurants or even social clubs.
It could be sold to people visiting from out of state, though. It could be given away to adults an ounce at a time, but not in pot-for-donation swaps. Its sale would be watched over by a small army of state regulators.During 80 days of poking and pulling at roughly 100 different issues affected by marijuana legalization, the task force endorsed dozens of new policies on topics ranging from criminal enforcement to taxes to child protection to product labeling. Taken together, the recommendations represent a comprehensive set of ideas to regulate a recreational marijuana regime unlike any in history.The recommendations will now be put to state lawmakers, who will fashion them into a bill and then debate the issues anew."The first thing I have to say is, "Thank you,'" Gov. John Hickenlooper told task force members Thursday during a visit to their meeting.Hardly a benedictory session, Thursday's meeting was more of a last-second cram for the task force to get through its work. During a five-hour hearing, the task force considered proposals on funding, changes to criminal laws and labeling of serving sizes in marijuana-infused goodies.Tax discussions, particularly, stood out.The task force recommended that Colorado lawmakers refer to voters two different ballot measures on marijuana taxes. One would impose a 15 percent excise tax on recreational marijuana — a rate that could increase over time — that stores would have to pay at the wholesale level. The other would create a special marijuana sales tax that customers would pay. Though the task force did not endorse a specific amount for the sales tax, it gave a 25 percent rate as an example.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: February 28, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by John Tyler on March 02, 2013 at 21:07:00 PT
don't make to regs so harsh
“Under proposals endorsed by the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, recreational marijuana in Colorado would be heavily taxed. It would be grown only indoors. It would not be allowed to be smoked at bars, restaurants or even social clubs.”
It is legal and that is a big victory, but everybody knows that if the tax is too high the whole thing won’t work. What kind of indoor growing… in a closet, a basement, an attic, a garage, a shed, a greenhouse. What about using a vaporizer device? Those e cigarettes claim to be smokeless and odorless. Would that be OK as no one could tell what you have in it?If I may paraphrase Bob Marley, I and I made it legal, but Babylon is trying to stop it.
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Comment #6 posted by Sam Adams on March 02, 2013 at 07:54:58 PT
Good point - where were in the men in ski masks, charging through the door with shovels and riding up in Bobcats? Sacred first responders, right? Guess they only crash through the doors to arrest people in wheelchairs in FL?
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Comment #5 posted by ekim on March 01, 2013 at 21:11:14 PT
just thinking of Florida and wondered how many 
leos it took to bust this i was watching CNN and seeing a poor sobbing man say 
his brother was down in a sink hole and no one would go
in and get him.
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Comment #4 posted by Canis420 on March 01, 2013 at 15:45:05 PT:
Brodsky could opt to drop pot case
Re: Florida raid on Kathy Jordan the other day"No matter how many drug crimes State Attorney Ed Brodsky happily prosecutes, he says it's time for Florida to join other states and consider some legal changes."Common sense from a top copper?
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Comment #3 posted by kaptinemo on March 01, 2013 at 14:41:30 PT:
The State regulators will wind up being 
bitch-slapped by Adam Smith's 'Invisible Hand' of the market. The whole point of the exercise wasn't to maintain prohibition-based prices. On the contrary. It was to cause the price to be so low as to make it unprofitable for the cartels to continue marketing it. A too-high tax defeats the purpose. As those regulators will find out in due time.Reality always intrudes into Politics, despite Politics' attempt to live in a bubble. The reality of no one wanting to buy overpriced legal weed will intrude into these bubble-based high-tax fantasies soon enough...
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Comment #2 posted by Canis420 on March 01, 2013 at 10:00:27 PT:
I thought legal like alcohol?
Its not only the outdoor growing ban I have a problem with, although that is big. I thought this was supposed to be legal like alcohol. Whats up with the no use in social clubs or bars? Employers can fire employees for at home, after hours, use? Child proof packages? How is this like alcohol. Fortunately these are only recomendations and have to be debated. Do the voters get to vote on them after? I hope so...
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on March 01, 2013 at 09:31:57 PT
can see the arrests already
OK, so we already have LOTS of work for the cops! Plenty of outdoor grows to bust, plenty of public bars & clubs to bust that try to allow use.Banning outdoor growing is blatant price support for the alcohol industry IMO. Indoor growing costs 10 times as much.Imagine if other types of herbal medicine had to be grown indoors. The price of astralagus and goldenseal tincture would be $100 per bottle instead of $10. Every other type of herbal plant for tincture is grown outdoors. This may seem small now, but a prohibition on outdoor growing could turn into a full drug war, the cops will still be rappelling out of helicopters, burning through our tax money, likely raised from MJ users.
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