Colorado Governor Signs Marijuana Regulations Into Law

By:  Raven Clabough
06/03/2013
       
Colorado Governor Signs Marijuana Regulations Into Law

Colorado's governor has signed a set of bills into law that will govern the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, which was approved last fall by voters for those 21 and older.

Last November, voters in Colorado and Washington approved constitutional amendments permitting adults 21 and older the right to use marijuana for recreational purposes. On Tuesday, Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper signed a set of bills into law that will govern the use of marijuana, calling them the state’s best efforts to navigate through uncharted territory. “Recreational marijuana is really a completely new entity,” he explained.

According to the governor, the regulations include “common sense” provisions, including required labels that post the potency of the marijuana sold, as well as mandated childproof packaging with warning labels.

Other measures include blood limits for driving under the influence of marijuana, placed at 5 nanograms per milliliter.

The state will allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and to grow up to six plants. Visitors to Colorado 21 and older are limited to one-fourth of an ounce in a single retail transaction, though they too are allowed to possess a full ounce.

"The laws ... signed today put the health and safety of our kids front and center," said Colorado House of Representatives Assistant Majority Leader Dan Pabon, a Democrat. "They drive a stake into the heart of a large black market while creating a regulated, legitimate industry."

Retail stores selling marijuana are scheduled to be opened in January, but there are regulations dealing with the sale of the drug. Fox News reported, “Colorado laws attempt to curb public use of marijuana by banning its sale in places that sell food and drink that aren't infused with the drug, an attempt to prevent Amsterdam-style pot cafes. Food laced with the drug also would have to be to-go orders.”

Additionally, Colorado laws mandate that marijuana-related magazines such as High Times be kept behind the counters of stores and be sold only to customers 21 or older. However, attorneys representing some of those publications have already challenged those restrictions. Three marijuana publications have filed suit to block the Amendment 64 law, which requires pot magazines to be treated like pornography.

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