Marijuana: Boulder official calls for dual licenses on pot shops

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We recently wrote about the debate at the governor's marijuana task force regarding the licensing of retail pot shots. Sparking some controversy, at least one task force member wants to see a state agency own and operate all commercial establishments.

We now have a copy of a letter from Boulder officials that reveals their recommendation: a dual licensing system.

The debate around how retail pot shops will be established -- and how government will regulate them -- is heating up this month as Governor John Hickenlooper's Task Force on the Implementation of Amendment 64 pushes forward with its research. Hickenlooper announced the task force when he signed the Amendment 64 into law last month, making the voter-approved measure officially part of the constitution.

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Amendment 64 supporter celebrating victory on Election Day.
The task force, which will make recommendations to the legislature about how to implement the new measure, is now discussing a wide range of questions about legalized pot, including the fundamental mechanics of commercial operations.

In the aforementioned letter, Boulder's Office of the City Manager outlines its suggestion for licensing -- a crucial component to retail regulation. (Under law, adults can now possess small amounts of marijuana recreationally, but how pot will be sold in the state is still under consideration).

In the letter, City Manager Jane Brautigam says it is crucial for local governments to play a role in licensing and recommends a "dual licensing process" in which businesses would require licensing from both state and local authorities. This, she says, is how retail liquor licenses are regulated and enforced and would therefore remain true to the "Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol" name of Amendment 64.

The letter, on view in full below, reads in part:

Our major concern with regard to retail marijuana businesses is that there is significant impact on the neighborhoods and cities where the businesses are located. Boulder has enforced its laws to protect residents and other businesses from negative impacts. It is far easier for a local community to regulate a relatively small number of businesses than for the state to regulate hundreds.
Brautigam argues that sole state authority would be inadequte, especially considering some of the challenges related to the medical marijuana industry. She says the state has been able to process less than 70 percent of the medical marijuana license applications it received in 2010. Moreover, she adds, the state hasn't held enforcement hearings for medical marijuana.

These kinds of burdens, she argues, should be shared with the cities directly impacted by the new industry.

Continue for more details on Boulder's request and a copy of the full letter.


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Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Keep the Feds out all we have to do is shut it down in ht estate

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Just wondering why Boulder has a City Manager not respondent to the public overseeing a constituional right, Jane Bratiguan?  

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

The mostly UNETHICAL and PREDATORY medical and/or marijuana businesses are BUSINESSES. THEY need to have the same business laws and rule as ANY OTHER BUSINESS. IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL TO GIVE ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO SPECIAL PRIVILEGES. This only continues, perpetuates discrimination and oppression of the marijuana community minority! HELL..O WE ARE STILL SECOND CLASS CITIZENS TO EVEN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS aka CRIMIGRANTS!

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

The state should license and have sole jurisdiction. That's not saying the that the local jurisdictions can not tax the product, just that the state will manage it as they do other entities.

Harold Robbins
Harold Robbins

Total BS having both! The voters have spoken get on with it.

Wayne DeNucci
Wayne DeNucci

Yup! everyone wants a piece of the pie ....No bureaucracy ! its all about the old mighty dollar $$$$

Daniel Wetteland
Daniel Wetteland

its just a way that every one can have their piece of the pie. ..and on top of that its too much bureaucracy.

Monkey
Monkey

Boulder wants a slice of weed pie too. Why? Because they don't have to do anything except collect money. Whatever the state charges for licenses, Boulder wants to charge too. Boulder is weed friendly, as long as you pay for their friendliness. They have to pay for their ego somehow. If they can't collect fines from the kids anymore, they better get their revenue loss from the stores...right? Weed might be considered "legal" in Colorado, but it's still the focus of power hungry governments who seek control of the plant.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Medicinal Colorado ... the Feds didn't show up until the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Pigs arrived circa 2008 ...


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Deborah Watts ... sucks to be an ignorant racist without any socially viable skill sets, doesn't it?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Harold Robbins ... The VOTERS have spoken! ... the Voters SURRENDERED TOTAL CONTROL of Marijuana over to BigGovernment REGULATORS via the absurd A64!

Reap what ye have sown, suckers!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Heidi Hilgenberg ... so why did the ignorant Stoners and Voters surrender TOTAL CONTROL of marijuana over to BigGovernment Regulators and the Insatiable Dept. of Revenue by passing A64 ?

You got what you voted for.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Wayne DeNucci ... fortunately the Voters were STUPID enough to SURRENDER TOTAL CONTROL of Marijuana over to BigGovernment Bureaucrats and the Insatiable Dept. of Revenue via the festering turd that is Amendment 64.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Daniel Wetteland ... so what depraved stoners would have been pig-ignorant enough to have voted to surrender TOTAL CONTROL of marijuana over to power-hungry financially insatiable Government Bureaucrats via A64 ?

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

@MonkeyBoulder is weed friendly, as long as you pay for their friendliness.  The government is like the mafia you pay for protection.

bongsucker
bongsucker

@Monkey Regulation works!!!!.

Voters gave control of marijuana to the power hungry government.

bongsucker
bongsucker

@CoreyDonahue @Monkey

Unlike the mafia, no protection is given by the government extortionists.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@bongsucker 

A64 supporters = pro-government regulation, pro-huge taxation retards.



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