Marijuana: Allowing pot clubs one of fourteen priorities for Colorado NORML


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Another look at Club 710 in Colorado Springs earlier this year.
Colorado NORML release:
14 State Legislative Priorities for Colorado NORML in 2014 Session

Denver, CO -- The Colorado Chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) announces its priorities for legislative change in the 2014 session of the Colorado General Assembly:

Public Use/In-home Cultivation

1. Define public use to exclude consumption on one's own property, either residential or commercial property, including outside in places open to public view. This protection should also extend friends and invitees on people's property who are authorized by the owner to use marijuana on that property.

2. Prohibit local governments from limiting plant counts in homes. Each adult in Colorado has the right to grow 6 marijuana plants. If 4 adults live in a house, they should be able to grow 24 plants. Any attempt by local governments to infringe on these rights is unconstitutional.

3. Explicitly allow for social clubs where marijuana consumers can use marijuana in a responsible manner outside of the home.

Criminal Code

4. Modify the Colorado criminal code to conform with Amendment 64 so that display of marijuana is no longer a crime. State statutes still criminalize display, while the Constitution allows it.

5. Modify the criminal law to reduce the severity of minor overages of the limits in Amendment 64. Currently, if an adult possesses more than 12 ounces of marijuana or more than 6 plants over the legal limit of 6 plant, then the person is committing a felony. NORML recommends that marijuana not become a felony matter until a person has more than 30 plants over the limit or more than 5 pounds over the possession limit, these matters should remain misdemeanors. In addition, Amendment 64 allows for the lawful possession of the entire amount harvested from an adults home cultivation and NORML opposes any attempts to limit the amount legally kept on hand following a harvest. Similarly, the Legislature should explicitly make legal the entire resulting harvest for medical marijuana patients of all of their legal plants.

6. Allow marijuana use on probation as it is legal under state law. Last year, a Colorado Court of Appeals decision made it illegal for any probationer to use marijuana, even in medical marijuana circumstances. This rule forces people to use addictive and harmful prescription narcotic drugs. At a minimum, medical marijuana patients should be exempt from this rule and recreational users should not be prohibited as a blanket rule from using marijuana because it is legal under Colorado law.

7. NORML objects to any attempt to define a "drug endangered child: to include parents growing in a home where children are not exposed, consistent with the requirements under Amendment 64 that grows occur in locked and enclosed spaces. Parents should not be criminalized for any activity that is legal under Amendment 64.

8. Repeal the 5 ng/ml DUID-marijuana standard. This standard is based on incomplete science and it is unfair to chronic users and medical marijuana patients who will likely test over that limit many hours after use when they are no longer impaired.

Marijuana Business Regulation

9. Modify the rules for medical marijuana employees, allowing individuals with drug felonies to be eligible to apply to work at a medical marijuana dispensary. The Legislature made this change for recreational marijuana last year, but failed to extend the change to the medical system. These two systems should be harmonized to allow individuals with old convictions to get a fresh start and work in the industry.

10. Harmonize the rules for medical and recreational marijuana by removing the requirement for "vertical integration" in the medical marijuana system. Vertical integration artificially limits the options of entrepreneurs and harms consumers by limiting production and choice. Similarly, vertically integrated companies, either medical or recreational, should not be limited by the 70/30 rule which inhibits a true free market.

11. Modify the rules for medical marijuana so that the number of plants a dispensary may grow is no longer tied directly to patients who designate that dispensary. This creates record keeping problems and the number of patients that designates a dispensary is not necessarily reflective of the demand for that dispensary. Both medical and recreational retail marijuana should merely have a tiered permitting system to allow companies to grow specific quantities of marijuana based on their permit limit. This system will ensure more competition and lower prices for consumers.

12. Modify the residency rules for ownership of medical or recreational retail marijuana businesses. Prohibiting out of state ownership severely restricts investment in these businesses at a time when it is nearly impossible to get normal bank financing because of federal banking issues.

Employment

13. Amend the drug testing rules for all state employers and contractors so that marijuana use off the job, without any impairment at work, is not grounds for termination.

Taxes

14. Create a citizen's oversight board to review the collection and distribution of taxes authorized in Proposition AA. If it appears the taxes are reaping a windfall, the Legislature should lower the 10% special sales tax so that marijuana consumers are not paying excessive taxes.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Marijuana archive circa January: "Pot clubs/cannabis cafes drawing crowds."


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Che Harness
Che Harness

I disagree. Is drinking at home the same as going to a bar? You make it seem like all smoking clubs are going to be like dive bars. There will be a variety just like bars now and the cleaner, "classier" places will charge more for their product.

Kathy Vik
Kathy Vik

Decriminalization means no whiz quizzes when applying for a job, and no blood/hair/urine testing. Period.

stuka1
stuka1

"Currently, if an adult possesses more than 12 ounces of marijuana or more than 6 plants over the legal limit of 6 plant, then the person is committing a felony."

 Citation needed.

 "NORML recommends that marijuana not become a felony matter until a person has more than 30 plants over the limit or more than 5 pounds over the possession limit, these matters should remain misdemeanors."

 Why would NORML advocate a limit AT ALL?  That's dumb.

 "In addition, Amendment 64 allows for the lawful possession of the entire amount harvested from an adults home cultivation and NORML opposes any attempts to limit the amount legally kept on hand following a harvest. Similarly, the Legislature should explicitly make legal the entire resulting harvest for medical marijuana patients of all of their legal plants."

Where has NORML been this whole time before now?  Did they somehow only just now realize that there has been a push for legalization in Colorado? 

Lynn Stiles
Lynn Stiles

How about the police stop prosecuting pot cases

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"Like alcohol" would mean that pot could be served in permitted establishments, including bars, restaurants, etc. After all, how are they going to spend all that "enforcement" money, which is several times what they're stealing from the alcohol industry?

Angie224
Angie224

Ban herb from drug testing in the state of Colorado. Even though it is legal in the state I live in if I were to smoke it I would get fired from my job because of random drug testing. I am pretty sure California has provisions like this. Even if I had a medical card my place of work still would not care if my test came up positive.

J. Angel Cruz
J. Angel Cruz

Thou shall not socialize in public reeking of sour skunk weed. Damn, that's offensive!

John Martinez
John Martinez

Don't you just love it when somebody too gutless and ugly to show their face call you names like a child

Sandra D. Scott
Sandra D. Scott

First of all STERLING Sterling Meeks when I say smoke freely I mean to just be left alone. I don't like to infringe upon anyone with my smoke. I respect other peoples space and choice not to smoke. I'm not an inconsiderate person nor am I dumb. I just don't feel like I need to be told how to take care of my own body. I think maybe your just an asshole.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Can you drink freely? No. There are laws against public intox and you need to be 21 to legally purchase/consume alcohol. Also, to "smoke freely" implies that one has the right to smoke whereever and whenever he/she wants, even if it infringes upon another's right to NOT be subjected to second-hand smoke. Shut up; you're dumb.

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

Fuckin none they already regulate it enough

Bree Miller
Bree Miller

Make it legal, they said. It will solve all the issues, they said. Colorado has become a joke

Danny Montoya
Danny Montoya

How bout focusing on bigger and more important issues than making up rules, regulations and hurdles for the citizens who voted for it. Give the people what they want then mind your own business. Focus on the already broken child protective services and our homeless issue.

Terence Hayden
Terence Hayden

Get over the whole thing, feels like a non-stop blah bro blah session.

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

Stay out of my business and stop raping people with taxes so some lame ass has a government job.

Christian Collins
Christian Collins

Pot clubs are dumb... makes the industry look immature... Not all people want to get stoned in a grimmey shack or a worn out warehouse. Cultural acceptance and safe access to a plant needs to be established. Yaall who want "clubs" are secluding yourselves back into your recreated basements!

Sandra D. Scott
Sandra D. Scott

How about the leave us the fuck alone and let us smoke freely bill

Jim J. Narcy
Jim J. Narcy

How about living up to the spirit of the law and regulating it like booze-- that's what we voted for dammit!

Jenny Castaneda
Jenny Castaneda

Last time I commented on a post on your page it got crazy lol

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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             *** NORML supports FELONY PENALTIES for Marijuana !! ***


NORML recommends that marijuana ... become a felony matter .. [if] ... a person has more than 30 plants over the limit or more than 5 pounds over the possession limit


Hey fucktard stoners -- how's that for "legalization" ?? ... with pals like NORML McShysters, who needs the DEA ??


You clueless bong-sucking imbeciles DESERVE what you beg for!

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

NORML = the lobbying arm of the profiteering Marijuana McShysters who SUPPORTED the laughable 5ng/ml DUI-marijuana limit.


$$$ Windfall for DUI-m Defense McLawyers !!



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... even Amsterdam is so tired of the lowlife Eurotrash that habituates their "Hash Bars" that in recent years there's been a Dutch backlash wanting to ban them entirely.


Puerile Pot Punks =/= Classy


hth

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @stuka1 " Why would NORML advocate a limit AT ALL?  That's dumb."


ROTFLMAO !! ... stupid stuka finally realizes that THE FISTS he's been getting sodomized with are coming from the very groups and associations he's been foolishly supporting and voting for all these years.


NORML = the lobbying arm for profiteering criminal defense bar of Marijuana McLawyers ... who earn BIG $$$ every time some clueless stoner gets busted under the LAWS and REGULATIONS that clueless stoners keep begging for.


You FUCKED YOURSELF, chump ... how's it feel?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

                   **** Regulation Works!! ****

stuka1
stuka1

You need to extricate your head form the jaws of DonkeyHotay's ass. There ARE laws against public intoxication, yet people drink publicly and openly at City Park Jazz, on the Mall and in LoDo and at various festivals.  And "second hand smoke" form cannabis is FAR different from tobacco, and there is far less second-hand smoke when one uses cannabis.  Until we see cigarette smokers hauled off to jail for when they smoke around non-smokers AT ALL, no one has a "RIGHT" to "not be subjected to second-hand smoke".

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Puerile Pot Punks are as Puerile Pot Punks do !!


Stay puerile, punks.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 <== voted FOR the FIST of GOVERNMENT REGULATION and TAXATION ... now whines and cries for more lube.


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