Marijuana: Council's Amendment 64 Committee faces tough questions, has few answers
Brown acknowledged the complexity of the retail question, but he kept an eye on the deadlines, settling on a decision to vote during the committee's third meeting.
He also pointed out some of the funding complications that could come into play when developing Amendment 64. He noted, for example, that 46 percent of employees at the state's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division were laid off last spring due to a lack of funds. This gap between program funding and personnel is a problem the committee can ill-afford to ignore when it comes to A64.
Photo by Charles Trowbridge The Amendment 64 Committee.
"If we're going to do this as a state, we're being watched nationwide -- if not worldwide -- of how we do it," Brown said. "And if we're going to do it right, we have to support it with our dollars, and it has to be, in my judgment, consistent dollars, and we know that they are there."
Other committee members questioned whether the social impact of non-medical marijuana had been sufficiently examined -- specifically the potential impact on teens and the homeless population. Another member noted that one of the task forces designated by Governor John Hickenlooper is looking at the implications of recreational marijuana legality on children.
Right now, the committee's next meeting is tentatively scheduled for February 18, but that could change. The plan right now is for members to get together every third week, but each session is subject to change within a week of the date.
As the committee moves forward, members will have to find ways to deal with these issues even as a potentially multi-million-dollar unknown remains: Will the federal government allow all of Amendment 64 to be implemented.
Broadwell admitted he is just as curious as everyone else about when the Obama administration will make its intentions known.
"I check the web, like, six times a day because I want to be the first to know when that happens," Broadwell said. But thus far, he added, there's been no news -- "absolutely nothing."
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