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Marijuana: Governor John Hickenlooper signs six pot bills that "are charting new territory"

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Earlier today, Governor John Hickenlooper made his mark on six marijuana bills, pushing retail sale of recreational pot closer to becoming a reality and putting at least a temporary end to quandaries that occupied the legislature throughout much of the just-concluded session.

"Clearly, we are charting new territory," Hickenlooper said at the event. "Other states haven't been through this process in the same way we have. Recreational marijuana is really a completely new entity."

One of the biggest issues the bills tackled is taxation. With voter approval, House Bill 13-1318 will create a 30 percent tax on marijuana -- a 15 percent excise tax and a 15 percent sales tax.

This wasn't the only tax issue settled by the measures. Another bill will allow those who work in the legal marijuana industry to write off business expenses for state income tax -- something dispensary owners and others in the industry were unable to do previously, since marijuana remains federally illegal.

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The infamous DUI pot bill, which returned to the legislature for the third consecutive year, also found its way beneath Hickenlooper's pen. The law sets an intoxication standard at five nanograms or more of THC per milliliter of blood -- but the law allows individuals to dispute in court a finding that they were under the influence.

The bills also contain a lot of what Hickenlooper described as "common sense laws." For instance, underage cannabis use will now be penalized in a manner similar to underage drinking. Likewise, marijuana won't be allowed at day-care centers and pot has been added to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act.

In addition, guidelines were set to give current dispensary owners and Colorado residents an edge. A three-month moratorium was put in place for those applying for a license who aren't currently licensed under medical laws, and only Colorado residents can work or own a business in the industry.

"After I sign these today, and if we pass the tax revenues in the fall, we will have a good legal foundation established," Hickenlooper said.

If the tax revenues are passed, retail sale should begin January 1.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana edibles study: More toddlers are accidentally eating them, getting sick."


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38 comments
Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"If the tax revenues are passed, retail sale should begin January 1."

Smirk. No, wrong. You'll be punished for pulling the 15% EXTRA sales tax out of your ass.

Luke Bochmann
Luke Bochmann

tax is way too High pun intended and the dui bill is just ignorant and will never hold up in court, so thanks for wasting our tax payers time assholes

Nathan Espinoza
Nathan Espinoza

The tax does seem high but if it's regulated and mass produced I see the retail shops adjusting their profits to make sure it's still affordable. Wishful thinking....

David Kotzebue
David Kotzebue

The tax is too high. It will keep pot underground.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "The law sets an intoxication standard at five nanograms or more of THC per milliliter of blood"

Thanks lyin' Brian Vicente and mendacious Mason Tvert, you've earned your payoff from the Marijuana McLawyer lobby that will GET RICH from all the fools and tools who'll now be arrested and prosecuted for such a pathetically puny DUI-m limit.

Get REGULATED, bitches!


Taxmoney_wasted
Taxmoney_wasted

Blood tests are going to lose in court very soon.  An arbitrary standard of .05mg/nl backed by zero science is a guaranteed loser in court.  Where they deal with facts rather than random assumptions of lawmakers.  Unfortunately, its going to cost taxpayers lots of unnecessary funds to have state lawyers defend against these losing lawsuits.  

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

" 2nd hand smoke . I swear Dude, I mean your Honor ...."

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Is a roadside test for THC available ?

Home testing kits ?

It's NOW an official CHOICE, smoke pot OR drive ....

Congrats RTD ! Time to raise those fares to accommodate all who will soon be losing their licenses .  There is no such thing as 'recreational' use anymore .

You think cops are bad now . I'm sure they are celebrating ! You will see more police firing on pedestrians .

They shoot drunks all the time . " I had to shoot him 36 times, Sergeant Thomas  . He was stoned out of his mind and REFUSED to put down the bag of 'Cheetos' ! "

Ricochet
Ricochet

Application/licensing fee for my OPC and MIP in Boulder combined with the State came to a smooth $24,000 total.


It's just pennies on the dollar when you consider how much money there is to be made

Monkey
Monkey

15% sales tax? Did they raise it, or just a typo?

If they need more than their outrageous license and application fees to regulate this industry, we need a new regulatory agency, not more taxes. Regulate like alcohol is what they said, let me list some Colorado alcohol fees and tell me if you think they're really regulating it like alcohol.

Application Fee for New license;         $1025.00

Beer & Wine License                              $ 351.25

Brew-Pub License                                 $ 750.00

Retail Liquor Store License                  $ 227.50

Wholesale Beer License                        $ 550.00

Wholesale Liquor License                    $ 1050.00

What are they starting with for weed? Thats right, $5000 for a simple retail license. The alcohol regulators seem to be doing fine with enforcement, why would regulating weed cost so much more? 

wrobert.weller
wrobert.weller

What does this mean where Obama is concerned? I have no idea.

Green_eyes
Green_eyes

Taxes will keep illegal MJ sales thriving..... And we don't need to get into the inaccurate blood tests.....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Nathan Espinoza = defective thinking

theredfall
theredfall

@David Kotzebue I'm sure people said that when counties/states passed measures to legalize alcohol, then (re-)opened legal liquor stores... "Yeah, that legal alcohol is just too risky, and politicians even passed measures to legalize it here, but I better stick to the moonshine and speakesies!" ;-D 

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Taxmoney_wasted If you can afford to buy bags of weed and you can afford to own a vehicle, pay for gas, and buy insurance for said vehicle, chance are that you're too rich to qualify for a state lawyer to defend you.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Ricochet = med-pot millionaire ... in his own fantasy.

Monkey
Monkey

@Ricochet That's funny, sounds like you're willing to pay more. Ya know, Washington is proposing a $1000 license fee + $250 application fee. What's that, $2,500 for your two businesses, and you paid how much, 10 times that? There might be money to make, but you'll be paying 10 times more to make the same money. 

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Ricochet If alcohol is more harmful than weed, then why is it cheaper to get drunk even after this recent bout of legislation?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey                *** Regulation Works!! ***

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Monkey Dude, math is waaaaaay too hard for the majority of registered voters in this state.  We'll all be back to buying bags of mexi-schwag on the Hill in Boulder in no time.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay  

At least he's NOT working for anyone & making less than a million doesn't equal failure . I may not like or agree w/ most,  but I tip my hat to anyone who has consistently & legally made good profit from weed in Colorado . The market remains saturated and we have kick ass prices on the 'Black-Market' for top grade product ! I interact regularly w/ many across the nation concerning 'Fantasy Football' , and NOWHERE are the prices as low as we have here, not to mention quality and availability ! 

Colorado is now about weed along w/ the sacred Broncos ! Soon we'll be leading the nation in the utilization of alternative forms of transportation once 1/3 of the state's population has their DL suspended ...

I have 1 leg and am nearly blind . When you see me,(Tyler), w/ my Rottie service dog, (Clyde), on the bus or train, please say hello & we'll step off and burn one . We can talk about how cool AMD64 'was' / 'is' ........

robb28
robb28

@BackOffImStarving there is no *if* involved, which you would know if you actually did some light reading on the subject. Alcohol *is* more harmful than weed. Period. 

Disclaimer: I'm a medic. 

brandoncunt
brandoncunt

I'd love to fuck your whore of an incestuous mother.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@robb28 ... so does adding ADDITIONAL harms to society already suffering under the existing social vices improve it?


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonQuixote @DonkeyHotay  

Then why has Hotay been semi-regularly seen leaving your mother's trailer, still zipping up his jeans and $20 poorer ???

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