Marijuana Missteps

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[caption id="attachment_2408" align="alignleft" width="300"] Courtesy Westword[/caption] To every yin there is a yang. Two sides to every story.  Wins and losses. No amount of success comes without a multitude of failures. By-in-large, the Colorado cannabis experiment has been outrageously successful, at the very least financially. But, like anything new, it does not come without some backwards steps. Colorado recreational cannabis sales have already exceeded 2014 totals, setting the financial table for another record-shattering year of state revenue. But the record numbers have a downside. Even at $13.6M raised by May of 2015, the revenue still may not reach the $40M prediction used to convince voters to approve Amendment 64 way back in 2012. The marijuana missteps, in the end, may have the most impact on present and future cannabis regulation.…
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Oregon vs. Colorado Recreational Regulation: The Difference is in the Details

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[caption id="attachment_2374" align="alignleft" width="300"] photo credit: Potlandia via photopin (license)[/caption] On Wednesday, July 1, recreational cannabis became legal in the state of Oregon. Well, sort of. Much in the same way recreational cannabis became legal to consume and carry in Colorado from November 2012 - January 1, 2013, Oregonians can now enjoy a recreational joint under certain circumstances without the fear of prosecution. The similarities don’t stop there, but neither do the differences. Like any state-run governance of unknown background such as recreational cannabis, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to begin to regulate. Anything considered ‘wrong’ will simply be discussed and reworded or reworked in future legislative sessions, and anything considered ‘right’ will obviously stay as is. Nevertheless, it would be unwise to assume the laws in Oregon…
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Pot Tax Holiday by the Numbers

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Thanks to a legislative provision in the Colorado Tax Payer’s Bill of Rights, the ‘pot tax holiday’ is a reality. Marijuana users statewide have marked their calendars for this once-in-a-lifetime event. September 16, 2015 will go down in infamy to many partakers of the Colorado chronic. By the same legislative measure, the 10% recreational marijuana tax was permanently reduced to 8% in July 2017. The fanfare about House Bill 15-1367 in social media circles has been swift and - not surprisingly - mostly positive. Most Coloradans have seen or heard the story of the impending pot tax holiday and eventual recreational marijuana tax reduction through their Colorado-based news platform of choice, by now. What the Colorado public may not know is exactly what the holiday and recreational tax reduction does…
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Marijuana Bills Rejected in 2015

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The Seventieth General Assembly of the Colorado legislature has been busy. Very busy. Both the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives pushed highly publicized bills to the Governor’s desk for approval before the May 6 end of session deadline. Most pieces of legislation were quickly approved by Governor Hickenlooper. Others - like the bill potentially eliminating red light cameras - were quickly vetoed, much to the chagrin of the masses. Still other bills were inexplicably killed on either the House or Senate floor, awaiting another year before the possibility of change. The rain barrel collection amendment to the Colorado constitution being the largest. Often, it is the rejected and vetoed legislation that can have a larger impact on the Colorado public than any similar legislation that passes. Marijuana regulation and…
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Changes in Colorado Cannabis Laws

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They say in a New York minute, everything can change. Maybe it’s Colorado’s location far away from the hustle and bustle of the East Coast, but in the first Colorado year of legalization, not much changed in the way of amending the Colorado Constitution to properly continue to regulate the once illegal plant. After the first Colorado legislative session of 2015, however, the trend of amending previous marijuana laws has taken off. In the first session alone, two bills - a house bill and a senate bill - have already been approved by Governor Hickenlooper. In addition, two more bills - again, one from each branch of the legislature - are currently sitting on the Governor’s desk, and are expected to be approved as soon as the legislature reconvenes for…
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