Amendment 64 Passed, Now What?


Posted Mon, Feb 25, 2013

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DENVER — Since Amendment 64 has passed, Governor John Hickenlooper’s Implement Task Force has been working to regulate questions left unanswered in the amendment.

“It is nice to see the question of marijuana turned into bureaucratic wrangling and the give and take of the democratic process, instead of the holy war we had until a few years ago,” said Jacques DelaGuerre a local marijuana activist.

The most recent Implementation Task Force meeting was held on Tuesday Feb. 19. The Task Force recommended and approved that only Colorado residents of two or more years would be able to receive a license to open a marijuana business.

The Task Force were in favor of “pot tourism” while recommending a restriction on the quantity bought by out-of-state residences. These regulations would allow one-eighth of weed per purchase. This would limit a profit on a potential black market being exported to other states. There would also be restrictions on the quantity of marijuana retail stores per county.

Some guidelines have now been set for marijuana to be grown in a closed and private location with a cover. The Task Force wanted to clarify that a green house may be a closed in structure but it is not private. Marijuana is not to be grown anywhere in the public eye, allowing closed in private yards to be more acceptable but still undecided. They are still working on a full definition for outdoor growing.

A consensus was made on recommending a vertical integration model for the first two years. A vertical integration model would be the same model that has been used for medical marijuana. This model would mean that a licensed person would grow and sell.

The model structure is a big concern for the Task Force. Debating on which model to use has been brought up at each meeting with a different recommendation. The main structures debated include vertical integration, open integration and a hybrid model of the two.Picture 1

Norton Arbelaez, Task Force member and lawyer asks the question each of the members were wondering at the last Task Force meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

“How are we going to assume our constitutional mandate and promulgate a set of rules that will ultimately pass without Federal scrutiny? That’s the core issue that we are tasked with,” said Arbelaez.

Open integration would be a model more closely related to the business model of alcohol. Each person would need to receive different licensing for different levels of business. People licensed to run a business would not be licensed to grow. A hybrid model would leave those restrictions open.

“It is our sincere opinion, that to reset this system, to experiment with the future of cannabis policy in the state is dangerous and, in fact, will defeat the intent of the voters, which was to have a stable, regulatory framework,” Arbelaez said.

Barbara Brohl, executive director, of the Colorado Department of Revenue and Amendment 64 Task Force Co-chair said there might be some chance of scrutiny from the Federal Government with the hybrid model.

“Washington prohibits the Vertical Integration Model,” Brohl said. “There will not be additional scrutiny because of that.”

3 Responses to “Amendment 64 Passed, Now What?”

  1. Davy Says:

    Great story written well. Excellent reporting.


  2. S.L. Alderton Says:

    Very informative article. Thanks for providing the “schedule of events,” too.


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