Marijuana Regulators Have Done ‘A Very Good Job’
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Marijuana Regulators Have Done ‘A Very Good Job’
Posted by CN Staff on August 19, 2014 at 10:50:22 PT
By Reid Wilson
Source: Washington Post 
Denver -- When Colorado voters passed a ballot measure in 2012 legalizing marijuana for recreational use, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) was in the minority voting no. But two years later, eight months into the legalization experiment, Hickenlooper says he’s pleased with the way his state has handled voters’ wishes.“I think [state regulators have] done a pretty good job. Not perfect, but all things considered, I think they’ve done a very good job,” he said in an interview in his office at the state Capitol. “I’m a constant-improvement person, so I always see ways to make things better.”
State officials are continuing to fine-tune regulations on the nascent cannabis industry. This month, the Department of Revenue issued draft rules that would limit the amount of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, to 10 milligrams from 100 milligrams in serving sizes of edible pot products. The rules would also require child-proof packaging and clear labels identifying the product inside as containing THC.State legislators passed a law in May creating a task force to propose the rules on edibles after an increase in the number of children visiting emergency rooms after ingesting edible marijuana products.Tax revenue from legal marijuana sales has fallen short of expectations, though. A recent study by the Department of Revenue found that Colorado earned about $12 million from marijuana sales through the first half of the year, just over a third of the $33 million analysts expected.But those initial estimates, Hickenlooper said, missed because budget analysts had no comparison.“It was a guess. No one’s ever done it before. It was a wild guess, and every time we said it, we said, ‘We have no data,’ ” he said. “You’re creating a regulatory environment out of whole cloth.”The state is setting that money aside for any unintended consequences, and Hickenlooper says he remains concerned that minors might get access to marijuana.“We were very careful to take the revenue that’s there and say we want to hold this money. If there are negative consequences as a result of legalizing marijuana, we want to make sure we have the money to deal with it,” Hickenlooper said. “This is going to be one of the great social experiments of the 21st century, but we have to make sure that these kids aren’t guinea pigs, that we have the resources necessary so that if the kids do fall off the tracks, we have the resources necessary.”Reid Wilson covers state politics and policy for the Washington Post's GovBeat blog. He's a former editor in chief of The Hotline, the premier tip sheet on campaigns and elections, and he's a complete political junkie.Source: Washington Post (DC)Author: Reid WilsonPublished: August 19, 2014Copyright: 2014 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #8 posted by Oleg the Tumor on August 21, 2014 at 09:16:23 PT:
Hey, we are still here! Freedom of the press!
Congratulations, and many thanks, FoM. I remember the last landmark right around Christmas of 2011, you'll remember I posted a satire called "A Christmas Presence", sourced from articles found on this site. I would like to do some more work along those same lines, but not without your opinion on the subject of similar satire before I do.
 It would seem that I ticked off some doctors in St. Louis, some people with no sense of humor at all. I don't know how much heat you took for that episode of Christmas humor, but I wouldn't wish what I got on anybody – unless they're willing to fight to keep what they already have, according to our Constitutional Rights. So that is why I am checking first.And I'm still here, as all can plainly see, I'm still fighting. The dark thing came for me, but it was forced to turn and run because it couldn't tell a primed number from a paper ass hole from a rubber keyhole.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on August 20, 2014 at 13:42:55 PT
Thank You and everyone!
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on August 20, 2014 at 09:55:03 PT
Hooray for us and thank you guys, F&S!
We just went over 12 million!
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Comment #5 posted by John Tyler on August 19, 2014 at 18:16:50 PT
legal in our state too
This is good news. Cannabis is legal and the sky has not fallen. People in other states are now saying, “Things are working out well in Colorado, why can’t we have legal cannabis here in our state too”.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on August 19, 2014 at 13:06:06 PT
I guess we are! We've had over 650,000 so far this month!
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on August 19, 2014 at 12:31:11 PT
I mean...
C/News is near to 12 million hits!
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on August 19, 2014 at 12:23:05 PT
About to register 12 million hits.
Gettin' Pert' near!
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Comment #1 posted by observer on August 19, 2014 at 12:08:30 PT
Government Praises Government
Gov: "I think [the state has] done a pretty good job."Of course government functionaries and hirelings forever praise their own, which isn't terribly surprising. That said, compared to the toxic BOTEC FUBAR regulatory train wreck in Washington State, the less punishing tax structure and allowance of home-growing (like bonsai growing and beer-making), is making Colorado somewhat less onerous for adults who take cannabis, than Washington State. Hopefully the laboratories of democracy will let adults try some real cannabis liberty, as time goes on and the lies of the prohibitionists are seen as such.
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