For cannabis growers, sellers, consumers, and advocates, the rapidly shifting laws concerning their beloved plant can be annoying and tricky to adhere to. But what some might forget is that it’s also pretty annoying and tricky for those who have to enforce those constantly changing and contradictory marijuana laws.
That’s why Colorado’s boys in blue are asking the state to stop changing weed laws for the next two years and give the police force a breather to educate themselves and train for the state’s exceedingly complex web of cannabinoidal regulation. In the past four years alone, 81 weed-centric laws have been introduced to the state’s legislature.
Representatives of Colorado’s three primary law enforcement groups told lawmakers that they “cannot keep up with the quantity and speed of constantly-changing marijuana law” in a letter dated last week, as reported by the Denver Post.
The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, the County Sheriffs of Colorado, and the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council co-wrote the letter, which stated that state law enforcement “cannot keep up with the quantity and speed of constantly-changing marijuana law.”
“[R]egulation seems to change on a daily basis and this process must be slowed down,” the letter read, and went on to suggest that the state, for the next two years, put a stop to “any changes to current law with regard to marijuana legalization, unless a strong public safety nexus is established.”
This break would not only make the liquid cannabis regulations in the state a little more solid, the groups argue, but also give government organizations a chance to take stock of how recreational legalization is functioning in the state and how the system can be improved. These issues and more will be assessed in a legislative committee cost-benefit analysis.
The law enforcement groups are also seeking funding for two different projects aimed at making the state’s police educated in the nuances of the cannabis world, an awareness and training program, as well as the creation of a state marijuana liaison to law enforcement.
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