New legislation was just passed on Monday that just made it harder for people in Colorado to buy and sell illegal untaxed medical marijuana. This new law has reduced the total number of pot plants that can be grown by caregivers to 99. This might not sound like such a big deal, but if any caregivers wish to grown beyond that amount to provide for a larger customer base, they will be subject to licensing fees, background checks, and regular visits by inspection.
Despite opposition within the community, Senate Bill 14 was largely supported by the recreational cannabis businesses. They claim that Colorado’s loose rules on caregivers has made it easy for black market players to skirt residency rules, background checks, and tracking of their products to market.
The need to keep all caregivers playing by the same rules and meeting the same regulatory standards is important, so the final version of Senate Bill 14 has gone through checks and balances to gain the most support from the caregiver communities. It doesn’t force parents of children who need medical marijuana to grow it. This allows much easier access and takes some of the burden off of parents. The accessibility of marijuana testing labs was also relaxed to the public.
Not only is medical marijuana access better for non-adults at home, but the bill also allows for usage on school campuses, with approval of parents or their doctor. This is actually the first official law to sanction usage of marijuana, but it still needs to be signed-off by schools who can choose to opt out.
It seems that this Senate Bill 14 has made many strides to make all parties and those invested in the industry reasons to be happy. If more bills were designed with participation of the community like this, there would probably be a lot less suffering and unjust laws passed at the expense of the majority of the population.
It is said that even though this bill includes language about caregivers having to register with the legal marijuana operations network, it is not required. Although, the consequences of not registering would mean being suspect to investigations where they would need to prove their case in court if they are ever suspected of violating the pot plant limit.
The bill is an attempt to bridge the dysfunctional relationships with the marijuana community and the police. The need for clear and concise marijuana language is important for repairing trust between the two.