The state of Colorado might be seeing a serious overhaul to pot laws soon. What is this we speak of, you ask? Are we going to have a harder time buying the devil’s lettuce or something? No, friends, but changes, they are a comin’ either way. You see, there are a buncha legislative pot proposals sitting in Governor Jared Polis’ hot little hands right now – proposals on things like the delivery of weed and legality of hospitality spaces – and all are just waiting for Polis to sign off on them.
And, since it looks like these proposals are going to be signed by Polis soon, we think it’s important to take a look at how they’ll affect the cannabis industry in Colorado. So, let’s take a look.
House Bill 1234: This bill FINALLY puts in place proper regulations for the delivery of cannabis products from state-licensed retailers. What does that mean, you ask? Well, it means that there will finally be pot deliveries in our state! The regulations will limit delivery, though, to only include municipalities that allow delivery – so, it’ll vary from community to community – and will only allow for one delivery per household per day. Delivering to college campuses will also be prohibited, so sorry, young’ns. Y’all gon’ have to drive to the dispensary like plebs. If Polis signs this into law – and he’s expected to sign ALL of these into law – then medical cannabis delivery would begin on January 2, 2020, and retail delivery a year later on January 2, 2021.
House Bill 1230: On-site consumption! You guys! This bill deals with regulations for the licensing of “marijuana hospitality spaces,” or in layman’s terms, businesses where you can consume cannabis products legally. That’s a big deal, especially for the tourist industry, because it can be hella confusing for cannabis-curious tourists to figure out where it’s kosher to imbibe. Under the measure, licensed dispensaries and retailers, including restaurants and hotels, will be able to apply for on-site consumption permits. That includes smoking INDOORS – not just consuming edibles – unless indoor smoking is prohibited by local rules. If this goes through, Colorado will be the second state to allow for spaces focused on on-site social consumption.
House Bill 1263: You know how buying and possessing weed is legal but only in smaller quantities? Well, this bill will cut back on the penalties people face for possessing too much weed. Right now if you’re popped for more than 6 ounces of cannabis or 3 ounces of concentrate, you’re looking at being charged with a level 4 felony. HB 1263 will knock that down to a level 1 misdemeanor, which is a much more rational approach. HB 1263 will also disallow for arrests of people who are violating the law while in possession of 1 to 2 ounces of cannabis. Rational drug policies are kinda the best.
Senate Bill 13: We’ve touched on this one before, but SB 13 will allow docs to recommend treating medical conditions with cannabis instead of opioids. If it cuts down on the opioid addiction epidemic, we’re all freakin’ for it.
Here’s to hoping Governor Polis has his signing hand ready. Someone get the man a squishy pen grip, stat. Can’t have any hand cramping, now can we?