Marijuana concentrates and edibles bills now law -- but what the hell will they actually do?

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Governor John Hickenlooper seen signing the marijuana concentrates bill in a photo provided by the Colorado State Senate Majority Office.
Yesterday, Governor John Hickenlooper signed a baker's dozen worth of bills on various topics. But arguably the two most high-profile measures had to do with marijuana: legislation to establish a one-ounce-of-cannabis equivalent for concentrates and a proposal to make marijuana edibles more identifiable.

A prominent marijuana advocate praises these measures as examples of responsible legislation even though it's quite unclear at this point what the new laws will actually do.

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Jedi Krush shatter oil.
In late April, our William Breathes broke down HB 14-1361, the marijuana concentrates bill; we've included a copy below. Its summary notes that "the bill directs the department of revenue (department) to
promulgate rules establishing the equivalent of one ounce of retail marijuana flower in various retail marijuana products. The bill authorizes the department to contract for a scientific study of the equivalency of marijuana flower in marijuana products." But there's no telling what that means in practical terms, as Breathes outlines in the following excerpt:

The legislation is vague on the specifics of determining just how much hash is in an ounce of herb -- which depends on how strong the ounce of herb is to begin with. Would they base it on a 30 percent THC OG phono or a low-THC batch of something like Blueberry? And even then, it's unclear whether legislators want producers to measure total THC in an ounce or simply estimate how much hash can be produced from an ounce. All of this would widely impact the amount of concentrates that are legally approved for sale.

Say, for the sake of discussion, that the DOR determines that there are five grams of pure THC in an ounce of herb. That could mean in-state residents 21 and up would be able to purchase about six grams' worth of 90 percent THC hash oil. Since out-of-state residents are currently limited to purchasing a quarter-ounce of cannabis, they'd hypothetically only be able to buy one to two grams at any one time.

But if the lab the state chooses bases its findings on how much hash can be produced from an ounce of herb, the amounts could be much lower. We've spoken with several hash makers who tell us that a 15 percent average return from bud to concentrates is reasonable for BHO extraction -- which means they get about four grams of hash for every one ounce of herb. Icewater can be even lower -- only 8 to 10 percent resulting in top-grade smokable hash and the rest suitable mostly for cooking.

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Representative Jonathan Singer, seen in a photo from his campaign website, sponsored HB 14-1361.
If anything, the effect of HB 14-1366 is even more difficult to gauge.

Continue for more about the two new marijuana laws, including copies of both documents.

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Te Kay
Te Kay

And your last name is Greenhouse? ....

Te Kay
Te Kay

Eric don't you know you can only DRINK responsibly......

Phyllis Greenhouse
Phyllis Greenhouse

i have been in the hospital for 6 days and all they can tell me is that it is from smoking pot. go figure. now i have to quit.

Ron Hughes
Ron Hughes

What happened to just smoking a joint?? Why even have all this shit to eat???

Roy Green
Roy Green

It looks like a way to screw people over on their quantities, especially those who dare to travel across state lines.. Because, from what I can gather, having any amount of concentrate will be equivalent to having an ounce of prepared flowers. Get ready to pack the penitentiaries.. And as far as edibles go, they are almost always packaged in a very well-labeled container that looks nothing like commercial cadies. Next lie??

Haven Holmes
Haven Holmes

I voted for 64, but parents that leave edibles out in plain site should be fined the shit out of. Why don't people leave Kahlua in a baby bottle right right next to their edibles so babies can have something to wash it down with.

tony514
tony514

Tha'ts probley the same photo they will use as he is getting his duck butt voted out of office.A politican who does not uphold the Rights of the people who voted for him and voted for this weed law represents  a fraud representitive and looper  will not have a strong career in this field he is terrable at. this man focuses all his time trying to demand the same retards who voted him into office are to stupid to know what to vote for cause they are the same retards who voted in the legal weed.good bye hickenjoker

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

*Children's Hospital sees surge in kids accidentally eating marijuana*


AURORA — The number of children coming into Colorado's largest pediatric emergency department after accidentally eating marijuana is on pace to more than double last year's total.

Michael DiStefano, the medical director of the Children's Hospital Colorado emergency department, said nine kids so far this year have been brought into the hospital for accidental marijuana ingestion. Of those, seven were admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit — most commonly for what DiStefano said was either extreme sedation or agitation. One of those kids had breathing problems that required a respirator, DiStefano said.

Most of the children admitted are between 3 and 7 years old, DiStefano said.

Last year, the hospital saw eight children in its emergency room who accidentally ate marijuana. Between 2005 and 2013, only eight children were admitted at the hospital for unintentional marijuana ingestion, DiStefano said.

Though the numbers are still small compared to the total patient load, DiStefano said the patients at Children's are just one slice of what hospitals across the state are seeing.


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Eric Matthews
Eric Matthews

This is the dumbest fucking thing I've read "In addition, legislators continue to be worried about people in general, and children in particular, accidentally consuming an edible without realizing that it's infused with activated THC. Such concerns motivated House Bill 14-1366, which calls for "edibles to be shaped, stamped or colored in some way that would make them easily identifiable as marijuana products," Collins told Westword." YEAH BECAUSE A KID! is going to be like oh, that's the weed candy...dont eat that. Oh wait I'm a kid and I lack insight and logic. And its also absurd they're using only 2 questionably linked cases to marijuana. How many people commit suicide every year from booze? And the other guy who committed murder was on pain pills, where's all the new legislation to regulate those more? Wtf? These politicians don't understand any of science of marijuana and go off their fear based beliefs and react emotionally to events that didn't warrant this much of a reaction. This is really infuriating and demoralizing as I realize for certain that these politicians are complete imbeciles and lack the foresight and insight to make any laws, as they're too unequipped to deal with the reality. Which is that by in large there hasn't been any big problems with legal marijuana.

John Scruggs
John Scruggs

This is beginning to get a bit complicated. Who knew legalized drug use could get this cloudy?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "As the trailblazing state for this new industry, Colorado has a special responsibility to constantly improve its laws and regulations," Sederberg writes. "These laws are in that spirit. More importantly, they are the result of a cooperative effort between industry representatives, lawmakers, and other stakeholders. That is the kind of approach we need. We are grateful to the legislature for facilitating the process and for passing these sensible bills."


The more laws, rules, restrictions and regulations, the more $$$ that Marijuana McShysters make from legal fees.


Boycott the lying self-serving asswipes at Vicente Sederberg.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

For a self-described "expert on all things cannabis" you might want to learn the difference between Hash and Hash OIL, you daft dipshit.


Monkey
Monkey

Without industry trailblazers and legislators, weed will never be safe, despite it's 5000+ year track record. I'm sure glad we have them protecting us! Removing laws related to cannabis would have been disastrous, constantly making new laws is much better. Some people think law makers and lobbyists create problems just so they can appear useful by also creating a solution that fits their agenda, but those people are crazy.....Right? 

JustMyWords
JustMyWords

@DonkeyHotay But what isn't pointed out is that there's no way of telling whether there's actually a 'surge in kids accidentally eating marijuana,' or whether it's just an increase in the number of parents willing to take their kids to the hospital for having done so. 


Although when you get right down to it, if your child has eaten enough marijuana to warrant ICU, the problem isn't marijuana, it's a lack of parenting skills and/or common sense. Unfortunately, neither of those things can be legislated. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey   ... REGULATION WORKS!!


... the ignorant cunts behind that piece of shit A64 said so!


... and thousands of clueless bong-sucking imbeciles agreed!


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



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JustMyWords "it's a lack of parenting skills and/or common sense"


So stoners should not be allowed to have custody of children, eh?


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