Amendment 64: John Hickenlooper setting up broad task force regarding marijuana measure
Later today, representatives of Colorado NORML will meet with governor's office staffers about Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. As NORML's Sean McAllister told us yesterday, they'll stress the need for cannabis consumers to have a seat at the table -- and a statement about a proposed task force subsequently shared by the guv's spokesman implies that John Hickenlooper is looking for input from a broad range of folks.
As McAllister pointed out, Hickenlooper and other legislators have floated the idea of a bipartisan commission to develop A64 guidelines -- and he believes such a group shouldn't be homogeneous.
"There should be representation from non-legislators," he told us, "and it shouldn't be dominated by law enforcement. There need to be advocates on behalf of consumers."
The subsequent statement, credited to governor's office spokesman Eric Brown, doesn't specifically mention consumers. However, its language certainly doesn't exclude them, leaving open the possibility that groups like NORML will be able to take part in the process. It reads:
We are working to create a task force to identify the policy, legal and procedural issues that need to be resolved related to Amendment 64. The task force will be charged with offering suggestions for legislative and executive actions that need to be taken for the effective and efficient implementation of the amendment. The task force will include lawmakers, state agency representatives, stakeholders, marijuana advocates and others. We expect to have more details about the task force ready to announce soon.The timeline is vague, but the launch of the task force is likely to dovetail with Hickenlooper's signing of the bill, expected to take place on or before the first week of January.
Continue to read more about Governor John Hickenlooper's proposed Amendment 64 task force.