Marijuana: Amendment 64 Task Force backs letting employers fire people for pot use
The task force also voted to support a recommendation that youth under eighteen years old not be criminalized for a first offense of marijuana possession. Former Denver Manager of Safety Charlie Garcia said that while he doesn't support legalizing marijuana for kids, criminalizing it has "big consequences.
"They end up with a criminal history because of possession of a joint," he said.
Instead of being convicted and possibly winding up in juvenile detention, the punishment for possession of less than an ounce of weed would "be limited to education and treatment as ordered by the juvenile court," the recommendation says. Read it below.
Members also agreed on a recommendation that would allow counties or municipalities to ban recreational marijuana businesses, just as they can with medical marijuana dispensaries. Read the recommendation below.
A64 Task Force
In all, the task force okayed seven recommendations and sent two -- including one about licensing fees -- back to their working groups to be revised. Among the others approved were a recommendation to explore banking options for marijuana businesses and one to allow lawmakers to adopt industrial hemp regulations.
A64 Task Force
View all of the recommendations on this PowerPoint from Tuesday's task force meeting. It includes a presentation by University of Denver professor and task force member Sam Kamin about how marijuana is regulated by the federal government, and how the feds' laws may or may not impact Colorado in light of Amendment 64.
"We can't make Amendment 64 bulletproof," Kamin told the task force. "If the feds want to shut it down, they will." But he added that having sound regulations -- like those in place for Colorado's medical marijuana industry -- will likely keep the feds at bay.
The task force -- which is charged with finding "practical and pragmatic solutions to the challenges of implementing Amendment 64," The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act -- will meet for the last time on Thursday, February 28, at which point it will finalize its recommendations for lawmakers.
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