Amendment 64 Joint Committee extends meetings due to failed MMED audit

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Lawmakers charged with crafting legislation to regulate recreational cannabis use in Colorado have extended their meetings by one week -- but they say they should have a final set of proposals for the legislature April 8.

Why was the original date of March 29 set aside? A big reason has to do with the awful grade given the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division by the state auditor, whose release about its report was entitled "State Oversight of Colorado's Medical Marijuana Industry Ineffective."

As its lengthy title suggests, the Joint Select Committee on the Implementation of Amendment 64 Task Force Recommendations has mostly been approving the suggested regulations handed down last month by the governor-appointed task force.

Some of the ideas put into bill proposals so far include a minimum two-year residency requirement for owners and employees of recreational pot shops, childproof packaging rules for recreational cannabis and edibles, and labeling with potency statements and warnings similar to those used for alcohol. Committee members have also approved banning the sale of products that mix marijuana and alcohol, like THC-infused wines.

One proposal would add marijuana smoke to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, which would pretty much prohibit it from being smoked indoors at any public venue; cigar bars and existing legal tobacco smoking lounges would not be allowed to tolerate marijuana smoking. Growing would have to take place in an enclosed, locked space covered on top and on all sides -- and that includes sheds and greenhouses, along with basement farming and other residential grows. The locks on your front door would qualify -- unless you have someone under 21 living in your house, in which case your grow itself would have to be locked up. And growing in any area that can be seen by the public -- including a greenhouse that opens to an alley -- would not be allowed.

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Barbara Brohl.
The committee also agreed to put forward a proposal that medical marijuana centers be able to transfer their status to recreational centers, as well as one to change the name of the state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division to the Marijuana Enforcement Division, which would handle both medical and recreational centers.

But things hit a snag last week when the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division received a failing grade in a state audit. The division has been a huge money pit due to mismanagement, the audit determined, and has failed to meet the goals set for it by the legislature in 2010. Given that, committee members speaking at their March 28 meeting openly questioned whether handing over the reins to a failing state agency would be a good idea. Department of Revenue chief Barbara Brohl told the committee that the MMED is now under control and that she would present a complete report at an April 4 meeting.

Because of that, the deadline for proposed legislation from the group was pushed back from March 29 to Monday, April 8. The committee will be ironing out details over the next two meetings, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4, in Senate Committee Room 356 at the Capitol and again at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, April 5, in the Old Supreme Court Chambers.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: THC driving bill breezes through first House vote despite e-mail protests, petition" and "Marijuana legislative update: Dispensary tax deductions and more."

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Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

Normal people would take the fact that the MMED hasn't a clue what it's doing and is outstripping all the tribute paid by legitimate businesses to be a sign that they should limit the insane plans they have for regulating the crap out of pot. Nevertheless, you can expect them, instead, to decide that we need to tax crap out of it too. So, we'll get more mismanagement and less progress, which is, of course, exactly what they intend.

Cannabidiolator
Cannabidiolator

Hey, Donkey and Stuka.  If you are trying to show who's the most wise, give it up, neither of you are in the running.  More disourse, less shouting, please. Some of us hope the the D Post comments might be a place to stimulate honest debate. 

Karen Trujillo
Karen Trujillo

Yes, I conclude, from what I understand from other's points of view, who have more knowledge &/or experience w/ the industry (incl. consumer's).

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

The committee also agreed to put forward a proposal that medical marijuana centers be able to transfer their status to recreational centers, as well as one to change the name of the state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division to the Marijuana Enforcement Division, which would handle both medical and recreational centers.

Wow, so total voter fraud by the proponents of A64. 

Courtney Donaldson
Courtney Donaldson

Why are we allowing them to waste our tax dollars? No matter what they do there will be unlawful activity (hmmmmm, so no change????)!!!

COmidnightrider
COmidnightrider

A Large Community Following should come out to this early morning sessions and glare there displeasure in the BENT OVER REGULATION system now operating, causing havoc throughout the state, causing HUGE WALLS between Prohibitionists and EDUCATED VOTERS pushing for an END TO PROHIBITION AND SEND OUR PRISONERS HOME!!  WASTE MONEY NO MORE, SHUT DOWN THE MMED!!

Mozart99
Mozart99

Frackinlooper and his anti-marijuana buddies should get a life. Stop trying to thwart the people's will. Someone should start a petition to make colorado a Prohibition state again. Perhaps tax money from the sale of weed could mean that when a violent parolee takes off his electronic monitor there will be enough staff to notice it the same day ... not five days later.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

                                   *** REGULATION WORKS!! ***

Get REGULATED, suckers! ... you voted for it!


stuka1
stuka1

@Cannabidiolator  

Speaking of gibing up on pretending to be "wise", you would do well to do your homework here. The Jackass has been trolling and disrupting discussion on this site incessantly for almost a year with his pathetic vitriolic bullshit, and the people who run this site don't have the stones to ban him. There IS no "discourse" where the Jackass is concerned. You want discussion? Yeah, so do I. Talk to the folks who let him troll here all day every day.

hth

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cannabidiolator "More disourse, [sic] less shouting, please. Some of us hope the [sic] the D Post comments might be a place to stimulate honest debate."

Stoners + Grammar = FAIL

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@CoreyDonahue ... stoners -- like clueless sheep -- were easily misled and exploited by the lying liars who wrote and promoted A64.

SSAASSD!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Courtney Donaldson ... Clueless Stoners and Greedy Big $$$ Dispensary pigs BEGGED for MMED REGULATION, Restriction and Control.

No need to shed any tears for them now.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@COmidnightrider ... Shut Down the MM CRIMINAL Enforcement Division!

LEGALIZE Marijuana !!

Repeal the Pro-Law EnFORCEment PROHIBITIONIST piece of shit A64!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Mozart99 ... what depraved morons would have deliberately surrendered TOTAL CONTROL of marijuana over to "Frackinlooper and his anti-marijuana buddies" ??




khoums
khoums

@DonkeyHotay still waiting for you to produce a bill that will actually be voted on to get mj legalized like oregano. 

 regulated like alcohol. not Donkey or the panel nor the cities trying to ban seem to get what that is. They must all be taking notes from Donkey who unrealistically is still bitching about the steps taken .

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

Legalizing is GREAT. And yes, it is utterly preposterous that the MMED should be "criminal enforcement"-oriented. 

But you are still a short-sighted, pig-ignorant, whiny pussy troll.

...and it's time for you to meet the Taliban again tonight:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t45giS2LHbM

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

Epic FAIL!


khoums
khoums

@DonkeyHotay @stuka1  

everyday you  Donkey take the time to do babble on . so hilarious!  or is it your so in awe of his statement you just need to post it again and again?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = bestiality freak

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = pig-ignorant whiny pussy who thinks "babblings" is not a word.

 Just because I have better things to do than to kick the shit out of you, doesn't mean I won't be kicking the shit out of you. 

hth you chickenshit crybaby whiny pussy. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS7nqwGt4-I

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = a chump's chump

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

Epic FAIL.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  Kicking your ass all over the place is great fun! 

Too bad for you that you can't stop crying like a bitch all day every day. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

You can't stop reading, much less replying to my posts, can you numbnuts?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = a punk's punk

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = infatuated with bestiality

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

Not!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = still sucking shit

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = pathetic delusional OCD suffering stooge.

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."

You're so addicted to the Donkey you can't stop reading, much less replying to each and every one of my posts, can you chump?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = OCD tweaker

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = lying coprophagic liar, ipso facto

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = coprophagic liar

stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."


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