Amendment 64 task force first meeting today: Welcome to the mild, wild West

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A week after John Hickenlooper signed Amendment 64 into law, and four days after President Barack Obama said that the feds have bigger fish to fry than prosecuting recreational users of pot in states that have made it legal, Colorado's Task Force on the Implementation of Amendment 64 will have its first meeting. Welcome to the mild, wild West.

That task force, set up by executive order, has just over two months to recommend how all the provisions of Amendment 64 -- which legalizes limited personal use, possession and home-growing of marijuana under Colorado law for adults 21 years of age and older -- be addressed. "Voters were loud and clear on election day," Hickenlooper said at the signing. "We will begin working immediately with the General Assembly and state agencies to implement Amendment 64."

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John Hickenlooper with marijuana industry professional Ean Seeb, plus some Cheetohs and Goldfish.
According to the executive order establishing the task force: "All stakeholders share an interest in creating efficient and effective regulations that provide for the responsible development of the new marijuana laws. As such, there is a need to create a task force through which we can coordinate and create a regulatory structure that promotes the health and safety of the people of Colorado."

The task force will be co-chaired by Jack Finlaw, chief legal counsel for the governor (and a smart, fair strategist) and Barbara Brohl, executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue, which already has responsibility for much regulation of this state's medical-marijuana business. The other members:

• Rep. Dan Pabon, appointed by the incoming Speaker of the House;
• Sen. Cheri Jahn, appointed by the incoming President of the Senate;
• Rep.-elect Dan Nordberg, appointed by the incoming House Minority Leader;
• Sen.-elect Vicki Marble, appointed by the incoming Senate Minority Leader;
• David Blake, representing the Colorado Attorney General;
• Kevin Bommer, representing the Colorado Municipal League;
• Eric Bergman, representing Colorado Counties Inc.;
• Chris Urbina, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment;
• James Davis, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety;
• John Salazar, the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture;
• Ron Kammerzell, the Senior Director responsible for the Colorado Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division;
• Christian Sederberg, representing the campaign to pass Amendment 64;
• Meg Sanders, representing the medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation industry;
• Craig Small, representing marijuana consumers;
• Sam Kamin, a person with expertise in legal issues related to the legalization of marijuana;
• Dr. Christian Thurstone, a person with expertise in the treatment of marijuana addiction;
• Charles Garcia, representing the Colorado Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice;
• Larry Abrahamson, representing the Colorado District Attorney's Council;
• Brian Connors, representing the Colorado State Public Defender;
• Daniel Zook, an at-large member from outside of the Denver area;
• Tamra Ward, representing the interests of employers; and
• Mike Cerbo, representing the interests of employees.
The issues they'll be tackling, according to the governor's office: amending current state and local laws regarding the possession, sale, distribution or transfer of marijuana and marijuana products to conform them to Amendment 64's decriminalization provisions; the need for new regulations for such things as security requirements for marijuana establishments and for labeling requirements; education regarding long-term health effects of marijuana use and harmful effects of marijuana use by those under the age of eighteen; and the impact of Amendment 64 on employers and employees and the Colorado economy.

Continue for more about today's Amendment 64 task force meeting.


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markhopkins435
markhopkins435

so can 4 adults over 21,  living at the same house,  grow 24 plants in one grow area or do they have to maintain seperate areas....20 mexicans in  on  house 120 plants

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

Scarey picture of Hickenlooper --- 

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Good job Westword!!! Keep protecting your advertizers with your reporting. Patricia selling out to Village Voice and ad sales instead for real reporting is not a good look on you.  But hey I remember when the Westword reported the news, to bad those days are gone.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

PLEASE come up with a reasonable definition of what a "plant" is--preferably something with roots extended into sufficient grow medium in which to flower (as opposed to something in a piece of bark or solo cup with a half-dozen rootlets sticking out.) Right now, just about anyone who clones for propagation (95%?) can be "busted" simply for having perhaps a half-dozen "potential" plants in addition to the mother and the flowering plants. Really, the vegging limit should have been more like two dozen, and that would have fixed it as well. I don't necessarily agree with, but understand the 3-plant flowering limit.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The entire 3-Ring Pot Clown Circus is in town ... to see how fast they can COMPLETELY FUCK UP the pathetically written Amendment ... to the detriment of all users, growers and patients in Colorado.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

It seems like a lot of medical marijuana caregivers, limited by plant count and having to register with various government departments will welcome the changes.  No longer will there be medical marijuana caregivers, but now recreational marijuana assistants.  MJ Assistants will be able to assist an unlimited number of adults over 21, though the assistant him / her self need not be over 21 or even over 18.  MJ Cultivation Assistants will be able to grow an unlimited number of plants for anyone on earth as well, so you can grow for your Facebook friends, 6 plants each.  Though you can't charge for cannabis itself, you will be able to charge an assistant or consulting fee for your efforts.  Welcome to the new world of legal recreational marijuana cultivation assistance.  We're gonna really get high now!

Lyria Lotjonen
Lyria Lotjonen

Legal means by which to exercise new legal rights under Amendment 64; a responsible source from which to obtain an ounce and/or seeds for example.

Mark Ball
Mark Ball

Id say making sure the feds dont interfere is top priority, its whats kept the medical programs from truly flourishing in many states.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident 

A64 is quite specific -- no more than 6 (six) plants, no more than 3 (three) of which are flowering -- PERIOD ... no fucking exceptions!

The Voters have Spoken! -- REGULATION Works !!

ccapra
ccapra

@DonkeyHotay "to see how fast they can COMPLETELY FUCK UP the pathetically written Amendment"  That would indicate you believe there is something of value in the Amendment which is counter to what you've claimed.  I'm sure I've read it wrong though, but tell me.

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

@DonkeyHotay You must be so angry that you could not muster up enough energy to get some signatures on Am70.  Let it go.  You failed.  Accept it and move on with your life.  Maybe you can sell enough "First to Legalize" coffee cups to pay the rent...

D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

@tutonehcc I am pretty sure that within the upcoming local regulations there will be a plant count limit in unlicensed facilities. Probably 12 plants per residence like Denver.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc "having to register with various government departments will welcome the changes."

Utter nonsense. As many medical patients-growers and caregivers were exploiting the "or more as medically necessary" loophole to grow way more than 3 flowering plants per patients.

That overcount loophole does not exist in A64, it has a hard limit of 3 flowering plants per person with no exceptions.

@tutonehcc "MJ Assistants will be able to assist an unlimited number of adults over 21"

Utter legal nonsense. Your "unlimited" theory is about as legally sound as something Chris Bartkowicz or Doctor Reefer would have conjured up in their deluded minds.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Erick Torres  ... what idiot would beg the Government to TAX anything they actually cared about?

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@D0NKEYH0TAY @DonkeyHotay  

 So Donkey has nothing to do with I70 and neither do the fucking coffee cups.....I70 was me and Rico Colibri.  

 Legalize 2012 was CTI and Laura Krihoe and that is who apparently is selling the coffe cups.

And  I think 7 different people including myself have been accused of being Donkey --  so who do you even think your talking to in reference to I70 and coffee cups?  Da. 

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

@D0NKEYH0TAY @tutonehcc That type of private regulation came with 1284, not A-20.  Now A-64 says nothing about plant counts.  Besides, who is counting?  Furthermore, the plant count crap has never been tested in court and would likely fail.  You can do whatever you want in your own house.  Worst that would ever happen is being told to chop the excess down.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc "Now A-64 says nothing about plant counts."

You really are one pig-ignorant fucktard, aren't you Tommy?

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