Marijuana: Joint committee to use task force recommendations to iron out Colorado pot laws

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Colorado legislators have formed a body to help craft legislation based on recommendations of the governor-appointed Amendment 64 task force, which wrapped up February 28 and released its findings this week. The Joint Select Committee on the Implementation of the Amendment 64 Task Force Recommendations (no, not that kind of joint) is made up of five senators and five representatives from both sides of the aisle. They will take the task force's suggestions and lay them out as a proposed set of laws for legislators to approve or deny.

The group is scheduled to meet twice -- first this Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the State Capitol, and again on March 22. Committee members hope to complete their review of the recommendations by March 29, then propose bills that would enable the implementation of Amendment 64.

In a statement, Representative Dan Pabon, a Democrat who represents Denver and is chairing the committee, says, "The people of Colorado have ordered us to set up a system to promote public safety, protect our children and regulate recreational marijuana. A select committee is the most efficient, most transparent way to draft a bill that deals with the many, many facets of implementing Amendment 64."

The select-committee format was most recently used in the 2011 congressional-redistricting debate.

The other House Democrats on the committee with Pabon are representatives Jonathan Singer and Jenise May; Democratic senators Cheri Jahn, Gail Schwartz and Jessie Ulibarri have also been appointed. In another statement, Jahn says, "This select committee is a continuing effort on the part of the state to implement Amendment 64 in a way that provides an effective road map for businesses, promotes public health, and addresses numerous policy issues relative to this new law."

The remaining four members will be chosen by the minority leaders in the House and Senate.

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Cannabidiolator
Cannabidiolator

Alcohol rules look like this

ONE DRINK is proof of alcoholism

Consuming ONE DRINK is grounds to be fired by any employer

If a child sees a parent consume alcohol, Protective Services may intervene

If a parenthas ONE DRINK, you lose custody of children in a divorce

No alcohol may be served anywhere in Colorado.

All publicly viewable consumption is a crime

     No alcohol consumption may be viewed by a child, including private homes

No alcohol advertising is allowed

    All alcohol production and sales must be a monopoly selected by the State

 .All craft beer is illegal, only large brewers may be licensed as retailers

Allalcohol sales are package sales only, must be in child proof containers and placed in plain dark paper exit packaging stapled shut before leaving the store

   Non Colorado citizens will be limited to one bottle of beer per purchase

   Colorado citizens will be limited to a six pack per purchase

Home brewers must grow their hops under artificial lights, using sunshine is a crime.

   Each brewer is limited to a single store.

Cannabidiolator
Cannabidiolator

the Amendment 64 task force has shown great courage in protecting our youth from harmful substances and bad parental role modeling. This willingness to protect citizens from themselves is a great opportunity to add safeguards from the most dangerous drug of all, alcohol.Alcohol is the leading cause of all violent crimes in Colorado.Alcohol is the major factor in 75% of domestic violence, in 50% of all traffic fatalities, 60% of rapes, 57% of murders, and 60% of assaults.70% of all teens have had alcohol, and alcohol is the major factor in over 50% of all teen fatalities from suicide, murder, traffic and drowning.When public safety is the issue, controlling alcohol is the answer.

 The Campaign to Regulate Alcohol like Marijuana recommends that rules and regulations be implemented into the Colorado liquor laws so that alcohol users and producers are treated the same as marijuana users and producers.

a64news
a64news

So to no one surprise the task force makes the recommendation that is blatantly unconstitutional under Amendment 64.  On page 16 of the Recommendations 1.1 - Vertical Integration it states "current 70/30 "vertical integration" model, as contained within the Medical Marijuana Code, for adult-use marijuana". But Amendment 64 Section 16 (1)(b) ..."that marijuana should be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol so that:"  So then why did the Task Force blatantly go against the letter of the amendment?  Follow the money, the Medical Marijuana industry has paid lobbyist that pulled off this coup d'état against Amendment 64.  Giving the sole right to obtain license to Medical Marijuana Dispensaries for the next 3 years, such a sweet deal.  I believe when you violate the constitution it is called treason, but to attorneys and politicians it is just another day at the office.  Thank you Jack Finlaw.  www.amednment64news.com

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** Group forms to oppose Colorado marijuana stores ***

A citizens' group opposed to a large-scale recreational marijuana industry in Colorado has hired two powerhouse lobbyists in preparation for the state legislature's coming pot fight.

Smart Colorado formed as a nonprofit group within the last several weeks, group leader Doug Robinson said. After collecting donations, Robinson said the group has hired former congressional candidate Mike Feeley and longtime Capitol lobbyist Sandra Hagen Solin to represent it as legislators write the laws for the forthcoming recreational marijuana industry.

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22802843/group-forms-oppose-colorado-marijuana-stores


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 For six months, a committee met weekly to carefully craft the language that would end up on voters' ballots [in A64] "The process was very intensive," says medical marijuana attorney Brian Vicente, one of the amendment's primary authors. "Every word was debated."


1) TRANSFER OF ONE OUNCE OR LESS OF MARIJUANA WITHOUT REMUNERATION [sic]


So Brain, what was your EXACT debate and precise intent of the arbitrary LIMITATION and RESTRICTION "without remuneration"  that you placed upon the transfer of a pathetic ounce by private users ?



2) PROVIDED THAT THE GROWING TAKES PLACE IN AN ENCLOSED, LOCKED SPACE, IS NOT CONDUCTED OPENLY OR PUBLICLY, AND IS NOT MADE AVAILABLE FOR SALE.


So Brain, what was your EXACT debate and precise intent of the underlined LIMITATION and RESTRICTION you arbitrarily placed upon personal growers ?


donkayhotay
donkayhotay

My online name is DonkeyHotay. Im a complete moron who quite clearly has no life whatsoever outside of obsessively posting replies to comments on an online local entertainment magazine. I eat my own snot, and I have never experienced sexual relations with anybody aside from my own hand, cucumbers, and cold cream. I am a loser of the highest capacity, spending every last free minute I have online, arguing with people that I dont know, and being as insulting as possible with anybody who disagrees with me. This is my life. This is my *whole* life. Im a pathetic, self-important miscreant that just doesnt know when enough is enough. Please watch as I become increasingly more and more pathetic with every reply. Yes, Im very alone, and very much a loser. A seriously ridiculous loser. *This* is my life, this is all I have. *This* is the only thing I do, pretty much the *only* thing I know how to do. I am un-employable due to being a total nutjob, I am un-desirable to members of both sexes, so I resort to this. Its my life. My whole, pathetic life.

JimTom
JimTom


They're going to be so far up your ass that they want to see you throw pot away!!

"Businesses cannot throw away marijuana, marijuana products, or marijuana waste as they canmany other commercial and waste products. Similarly, private citizens growing marijuana athome need a mechanism to legally dispose of contaminated marijuana, excess marijuana, andmarijuana waste. Without a state-overseen process or facility to properly dispose ofmarijuana and its products and waste, there would be a tremendous temptation for bothbusinesses and private citizens to divert these items to the illegal market."

JimTom
JimTom

"Some members of the Task Force believed that a 25% sales tax would be too high,encouraging the survival of the illegal market and increasing the incidence of home cultivationamong private citizens"

Nice job A64 voters, they don't REALLY want you growing at home. They don't get taxes on homegrown. If it stays at 25% or goes down I will eat my crop.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay LMFAO the first thing this gang of idiots did was get their demand for state run pot stores rejected.

Yeah they are gonna be real effective...as sideshow clowns.

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay Yes because SAM/Smart Colorado has been so successful in stopping the passage of A64

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay Protip: Security (Enclosed, lockes space) and Obscurity (out of sight) are wise growing practices anyway.

hth

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay Why don't you call Vicente and ask him, instead of spamming your endless whining here?

hth

JimTom
JimTom

Seriously dude, I don't agree with the DH much either but I wouldn't resort to this kinda of lame shit. Just get a real name and post your opinion if you have one so we can rip you apart. Thanks for your time idiot.

stuka1
stuka1


@JimTom Yup no surprise to see the Task Farce making up problems that arent there. Excess marijuana will make awesome Xmas gifts! Contaminated marijuana  goes to DonkeyHotay! "Problem" solved!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom 

Regulate Marijuana Like PLUTONIUM !!

*** Regulation Works! *** 

... get REGULATED, suckers! 

... you Stupid Stoners VOTED For This!


stuka1
stuka1


@JimTom The Governors prohibitionist task farce is NOT A64, nor are they in compliance with A64, or called for by A64, dumbfuck.

hth

JimTom
JimTom

Damn I just needed to get to the next paragragh of the recommendations to find the sales tax increase above 25%. Enjoy A64 voters

"The Task Force further recommends that any referendum consideredand introduced by the General Assembly in 2013 for an excise tax onmarijuana should include a reasonable escalation clause that wouldtake effect after 2017."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... then you have nothing to worry about.

Have another bong hit, stoner.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... so you think they would be opposed to Taxing the Shit out of it if their votes were required?

LOL!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "lockes [sic] space"

Typical Stammering stuka FAIL!

JimTomisalosertoo
JimTomisalosertoo

@JimTom awww....poor little boy. Whatsa matter, you butthurt? Defending this guy means your as much of a loser as he is. Look at you. Seriously, how do you live with yourself? The poster was right, clearly that hotay moron has no girlfriend, and quite obviously neither do you. What a waste of space you are. Just end it already. Really- do yourself a favor. Im sure the tissue industry would like you to keep living, seeing as how you cry so much & have no life.

JimTom
JimTom

This is probably a good thing with all the contaiminated, powdery mildew filled crap that they sell at MMJ despensaries.

JimTom
JimTom

We shall see idiot, if you beleive any of the liberal loser running this state have anything other than their best interest in mind you are are stupid as your posts. There will be huge taxes on pot and you can enjoy paying them. I will continue to produce better TAX FREE weed, and will sell it at will just as I always have, A64 or no A64.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom 

Tax the SHIT out of Marijuana! ... the Voters have Spoken!


DonkeyHotoy
DonkeyHotoy


I only troll because I have no life at all. All I have left in the world is to be rentboyed out by my crack whore mother to hoboes who wander in from Colfax. I'm going to go kill myself now. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... have another suck on that bong, stoner, denial and ignorance will protect you from reality ...

LOL!


stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay @stuka1 You don't know that. Just like 95% of the tripe you spout here, you are pulling that out of your ass.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 -- 46% of the Voters who were AGAINST A64 will gladly TAX the SHIT out of your precious pot, if for no other reasons than spite and free $$ for schools.

Many of the 54% who voted for A64 did so because they wanted the Huge Excise Tax $$$ for schools.

Approving MASSIVE taxes upon Marijuana is -- thanks to the idiots and liars who wrote and promoted A64 -- a fait accompli.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = obvious troll

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay Typical troll, always trolling, never gets out of his mommys basement

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... typical stoner, always has a ready excuse for their OWN FAILURES.

Keep Failing, Loser ... it's what you do best.

stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay @stuka1 Typical idiotic troll bleating over a typo on a mobile on shitty comments software. Too much to ask for you to fucking grow up.

JimTom
JimTom

I wasn't defending anyone asshole. The last girlfriend I had was yours last night, right befiore your mother. Funny thing was you mom was a hell of a lot better than your girlfriend. I siad he might want to grow up and get an opinion of some kind. I disagree with DH on almost everything except the stupidy of anyone that READ and then voted for A64. I am sure you fall into that group of idiot potheads wth no clue. It looks to me that A64 will end up being a huge money maker for me. You might want to get out your mom's basement and actually grow a brain with some opnions of your own.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay @JimTom LMAO As much as it amuses me to see you and your bitch/sock JimTom get lathered up over people making fun of you with spoof accounts, this one wasnt mine. 

Cry, cry, punkass, everyone is laughing at you!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... well, the Jews think that their Eruv of a single strand of fishing line strung around the neighborhood utility poles creates an enclosed space where they can hide from God ... 

... doesn't mean they can legally grow pot anywhere they want inside of that "enclosed space" now does it numbnuts?

http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_7787893


stuka1
stuka1


@DonkeyHotay = the legal imbecile who thinks a fenced yard isn't an Enclosed Space.  

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay @stuka1 Points out that, desperate to find something intelligent to say, The Jackass quotes me.

Noted.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... admits that his own words are "nothing intelligent"

Noted.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident @JimTom 

"What part of 54%%%% of the VOTERS supported a NEW Excise Tax on Marijuana -- without LIMITS after 2016 -- to generate $40 MILLION for schools don't you comprehend?"

We didnt support that. We voted to break the iron grip of prohibition and we did just that. And now the national momentum is on our side.

The tax shit has to pass by us again because of TABOR and everyone knew it. Good luck with that, you miserable prohibitionist shill


stuka1
stuka1

@JimTom "The part that says anything about 40 million to schools from pot."

Thats not in TABOR, dumbass.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident @JimTom 

"You can rest assured that those who voted AGAINST A64 will gladly support TAXING the SHIT out of marijuana if asked on a special referendum, and many of the Voters who SUPPORTED A64 did so specifically because of the $40 MILLION for Schools promotion."


You dont know that. You are making that up.

stuka1
stuka1

@JimTom "We will see in a couple of weeks when everyone of these "suggestions" are turned into bills. The voters have no more say, they gave up that right when they voted for A64." 

Bullshit. You don't know that. And the voters have a LOT more say now that its going to the committee, and on to legislators, because the voters can pick up the phone and let them know that their political survival is riding on whether they implement the will of The People, or of the Lame Duck Gubna's prohibitionist shill dreamteam task farce.

stuka1
stuka1

@JimTom "It clearly states they think they can inact an excise tax of 25% out side of Tabor." 


Thats what the TASK FARCE thinks, the guys on the legislative committee know better and are saying so. TASK FARCE =/= LEGISLATURE, TASK FARCE =/= A64, numbnuts.

And it's "ENACT", not "INACT", hth

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident @DonkeyHotay @JimTom 

What part of 54% of the VOTERS supported a NEW Excise Tax on Marijuana -- without LIMITS after 2016 -- to generate $40 MILLION for schools don't you comprehend?

And a HUGE portion of the 46% who did not vote for A64 will certainly support TAXING the SHIT out of marijuana ... for sheer spite ... or perhaps to actually generate $40 MILLION for Schools ... from SOMEBODY ELSE's pocket.



JimTom
JimTom

The part that says anything about 40 million to schools from pot.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident @DonkeyHotay @JimTom

Mandatory EXCISE tax up to 15% -- PLUS Sales Tax which is currently around 8% on normal Retail goods = 23% at the least.  

The Legislature is not restricted by A64 from enacting additional special Sales Taxes on pot.

UNLIMITED EXCISE TAX after 2016 !!

Given the Amendment baited Voters -- and the Legislature -- with a $40 MILLION ANNUAL carrot for schools, the Legislature will -- and should -- consider that a MINIMUM ANNUAL TARGET.

You can rest assured that those who voted AGAINST A64 will gladly support TAXING the SHIT out of marijuana if asked on a special referendum, and many of the Voters who SUPPORTED A64 did so specifically because of the $40 MILLION for Schools promotion.



JimTom
JimTom

The voters have spoken and they siad do what ever you want government. We will see in a couple of weeks when everyone of these "suggestions" are turned into bills. The voters have no more say, they gave up that right when they voted for A64. Now all the liberals on Colfax have ALL the say from here on out.And liberals have already proved they have no interest in making legal weed easy. The only difference between them and the repubs is the repubs will say straight out they are not in favor of this, the libs say they are in favor and then do the exact opposite after bring elected.  

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@JimTomYou implied it. The public didn't vote on the recommendation. There's absolutely no reason to believe it will "ALL be accepted and made into law." They didn't write the constitution and they don't get to interpret the constitution, and you cannot pass a tax increase without specific and direct approval of the voters. The A64holes admitted to fucking that up, and that the tax will require a specific vote. A64 says no such thing as "25%% out side of Tabor," the party fantasy committee did--and again, that has no bearing on what A64 says. The recommendations hold no water at all. Any radical variance from A64 will prompt lawsuits.

You can apologize any time for responding to "I didn't see 'Tax the SHIT out of Marijauana!' on my ballot" with "Never mind asking if you can read would be a better start" when I was very clear and DonkeyHotay was very clear ("the Voters have Spoken!") my comment was WRT the amendment, which I read at least three times.

JimTom
JimTom

Did I say you voted for it? NO Do I care how you voted NO. Yeah I have  heard of Tabor Idiot I quote it to you everytime you post the same bullshit you just posted. You may wan to read the recommandation that will ALL be accepted and made into law. It clearly states they think they can inact an excise tax of 25% out side of Tabor. And it also says that starting in 2017 that tax should be raisied. All you have to do is read, there is a link to the recommendations above.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@JimTom You think I voted for it? That's what you get when you ass-ume.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@JimTom Ever heard of TABOR, dumbfuck? What's more, the people didn't vote on that, dipshit! It would seem to be you who cannot read and instead decided to ask if I could read.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@JimTom The "recommendations" and what people voted for are two entirely different things. Insulting me is a shitty start, asshole!

JimTom
JimTom

I voted NO on mine so It didn't matter what it siad.

JimTom
JimTom

Task force recommendations

"The Task Force further recommends that any referendum consideredand introduced by the General Assembly in 2013 for an excise tax onmarijuana should include a reasonable escalation clause that wouldtake effect after 2017."

Can you read?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident @DonkeyHotay @JimTom

 "... requiring the general assembly to enact an excise tax to be levied upon wholesale sales of marijuana; requiring that the first $40 million in revenue raised annually by such tax be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund ..."

JimTom
JimTom

@Cog Did you read the recommendations? Never mind asking if you can read would be a better start.

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