Marijuana: Amendment 64 task force report reveals Westword is adult-oriented -- and more
Hey, kid! What are you doing reading this blog post? Don't you know that Westword is adult-oriented?
Frankly, that was news to us, too, despite our willingness to publish profanities when people say them to us (and other times, as well). But now we know, thanks to the just-released final report from the Amendment 64 task force, which was charged by Governor John Hickenlooper with recommending how the measure is to be implemented. Some highlights and the complete 166-page report below.
The first recommendation? The task force thinks the General Assembly should "adopt the current 70/30 'vertical integration' model" for recreational-marijuana businesses. That means "cultivation, processing and manufacturing, and retail sales must be a common enterprise under common ownership" -- a controversial suggestion in some quarters, given that it requires entrepreneurs to master every element of the industry rather than specializing in growing or selling. Like those in the medical marijuana business, they must grow at least 70 percent of their own product, while acquiring no more than 30 percent from other sources.
In addition, there'll be paperwork aplenty. The task force suggests that legislators "add a requirement that all licensees file a monthly report with the state licensing authority, which documents all sales/transfers of marijuana during the month outside of the licensee's common ownership structure pursuant to the 30 percent allowance. This monthly report shall detail all such transactions, including the amount of product transferred, the licensee the product was transferred to, and the calculation of the percentage of on-hand inventory transferred outside of the common ownership structure expressed as a percentage of the total on-hand inventory for the month."
Photo by Sam Levin The first task force meeting took place in mid-December.
Also recommended are rules empowering local jurisdictions to prohibit pot businesses of all descriptions if they so wish. Here's that section:
This statute should recognize the authority of local governments to require local authorization requirements for any adult use marijuana establishment as a legitimate type of "time, place, manner and number" regulation at the local level, by which a local county or municipality may:Numerous municipalities have already moved forward with step three. Indeed, Douglas County took its first steps toward a ban last November -- the same month A64 was passed.
1. Defer to state standards;
2. Choose to adopt their own standards; or
3. Ban adult use marijuana establishments within their jurisdictions.
Advertising restrictions are also suggested. The task force thinks the legislature should "prohibit all mass-market campaigns that have a high likelihood of reaching minors (billboards, television, radio, direct mail, etc.). Advertising in adult-oriented newspapers and magazines
would be allowed."
And what constitutes an "adult-oriented" publication? Does it have to feature men and women wearing nothing other than marijuana leaves?
Continue for more about the Amendment 64 task force report, including the complete document.