Amendment 64: Should retail marijuana shops be limited to Colorado residents?

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Once retail shops for recreational marijuana can open their doors in Colorado, who will actually be allowed to use them? This was one of the questions raised at a meeting yesterday of the Amendment 64 task force charged with making recommendations on implementing the new law. We'll likely see more debate over the next month on the question of whether retail pot shops should be limited to in-state residents.

These were the very preliminary debates that came up yesterday at the first meeting of the so-called "regulatory framework working group," -- a sub-committee of Governor John Hickenlooper's Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, which he formed when he officially signed the measure into law last month.

The group, which held its first full meeting a few weeks ago, will make recommendations on everything from local control to consumer-safety issues to tax and funding policy. Its members have until the end of February to debate and present concrete policy suggestions on how the state can move forward with implementing legalization.

Representative Dan Pabon, who is co-chairing the regulatory framework group, tells Latest World that one of the questions raised focused on what kind of requirements the state should have on those who can buy pot at retail joints.

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Representative Dan Pabon at an Obama event last year.

"No decisions were made, of course, but the question is whether or not allowing non-Colorado residents to access the industry was going to basically cause the feds to step in," says Pabon, "because then this...[is] interstate commerce...and therefore crossing state boundaries."

As we've noted, A64 is set up such that lawmakers have to create the framework for retail establishments, meaning they would likely not be able to open their doors until 2014 at the earliest. This, however, has not stopped some local municipalities from passing ordinances in advance to ban commercial pot.

And the uncertainty of potential enforcement from the federal government, which maintains that marijuana is illegal, seems to be looming over some of the debates at the task force.

Pabon says he is still deciding what his recommendation will be regarding residency requirements.

"I haven't made up my mind on what the best public policy is," he says.

Continue for more on the task force meeting yesterday.



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No Snakes
No Snakes

Does A64 (regardless of whether you support it) prohibit sale to out-of-staters?  No!  So why the hell to these pencil necks think they have a leg to stand on to prohibit it?  Unless the Constitution prohibits it, it should not be prohobited.  DOWN WITH BIG GOVERNMENT!!!

Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien

No because it will lead to illegal sales to non-residents, and this is all about making it a legal thing to do here. Get over it old people and get with the program. Maybe we should outlaw geritol and viagra

Den420ver
Den420ver

21+ Valid ID. For all adults, regardless of state residence. Let the tourism and Cannabis leisure shops, Be open to all. Re-grow our economy.

TheDenverKid
TheDenverKid

It's double Edged, if we don't sell to the "out of Staters" in order to keep the Feds away, Local Citizens will fill the Void and Sell to those W/O residence....thus bringing in the Feds anyhow. 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Visitors may purchase Mexican-imported 'shwag',  ONLY IF they swear their allegiance to the Broncos & Coors Light ....

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Yes . And a law must be passed requiring that Colorado residents blow the cannabis smoke into the faces of visitors while mocking,  " YOU CAN'T HAVE ANY " !!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

California pours IT'S wine down the throats of tourists  !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

ABSOLUTELY NOT !!!!

COLORADO MUST WELCOME ALL VISITORS, 21 & UP, TO PARTAKE IN OUR FINE,  HOME-GROWN, DELICACY !!!!

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

That's perfect, don't allow it for out of state residents.  Then all of the in state residents will continue to be free advertising for how good Colorado bud is and black market sales will be booming.  We're all gonna get rich off these regulations!

H.h. David Flynn
H.h. David Flynn

Pretty sad that you have to ask. MMJ is not a toy. I have been smoking for close to 30 years. I'm now authorized, licensed and certified in AZ. "Legalization" is going to fill all those shiny new prisons.

dwatson636
dwatson636

As far as growing it yourself. If they are going to treat it like they treat alcohol, it is legal to brew your own beer and make your own wine. How can they stop you from growing your own?


Alex Repola
Alex Repola

Open to anyone 21+ just like an LQ store.

Randy E. Skunk
Randy E. Skunk

Hell no! Let anyone get it as long as they are here. Cannabis tourism will save the economy whether anyone likes it or not. IT WILL HAPPEN!

Naomi Wolinsky
Naomi Wolinsky

Yes. Go home and do the work, legalize it in your own state, then soon enough it will be legal throughout the country.

Rob Ferrell
Rob Ferrell

I don't want no god dam pot tourism....it's weed...ppl are pathetic if they needed travel out state to smoke weed...c'mon get a life

Lauren Camel
Lauren Camel

yes, should be limited to residents! then visiting smokers can feel comfortable possessing cannabis, but have to know someone to get it from. keeps the locals happy.

Emm Tee
Emm Tee

Why? So you can have fully grown men/women hiding outside a '7/11' trying to whisper to a 'Rado resident to score them some ganj like 16 year old with beer? Hopefully 'Rado leadership won't be so retarded. :D

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@No Snakes ... you bong-sucking morons surrendered TOTAL CONTROL of ALL marijuana over to BigGovernment REGULATORS via A64 ... you deserve what you get, sucker!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Kevin O'Brien = incoherent drivel

TheDenverKid
TheDenverKid

That's neither Hip nor a Tip...my point was to the Unintended Consequences of pushing the Legal Sales onto the Black Market, therefore not achieving the goal of walking the Legal tightrope, with the stated purpose of keeping out the Feds.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Bottle-fed = bipolar ......

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Randy E. Skunk "Cannabis tourism will save the economy"

Delusional Stoner Idiocy

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Rob Ferrell Are people also pathetic if they need to travel out of state to watch a sporting event or to ski, or to see the sights? I think you're pathetic if you think you have a right to stop them.

No Snakes
No Snakes

@DonkeyHotay  Dude... You seriously need to medicate.  You are WAY too serious and way too angry. 

I never said I voted for A64.  I just don't like Big Govermnent, and that was the point of my argument.  They are just trying to keep everyone down.  Whether you vote for a Jackass or an Elephant, the people are going to be screwed because the idiots in power are all about keeping the power.  I agree that a butt load of voters are idiots and that's why we keep getting screwed over. 

More Freedom = Less Government

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... so tell us numbnuts, why is Marijuana so Harmful and Dangerous that NO ONE should be allowed to engage in ANY private sales? ... not even a single gram as A64 clearly prohibits?


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Ah yes, you imply that my statement includes entertainment that violates a human being at the most basic level. Only a jackass troll would leverage that type of deliberate "misunderstanding."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ""Only a pathetic loser like you fucks with other people's idea of entertainment. This country was built on people respecting the liberty of others.""

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "Only a pathetic loser like you fucks with other people's idea of entertainment. This country was built on people respecting the liberty of others."

That's what the pedophiles and pederasts over at NAMBLA say too ...

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Only a pathetic loser like you fucks with other people's idea of entertainment. This country was built on people respecting the liberty of others. Then again, what can anyone expect from a bitter lush?

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