As deadline approaches, Colorado legislature finishing work on marijuana regulation
By Alex Murray
After several attempts under the state's medical marijuana law in previous years, the legislature approved a legal driving limit of 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter. Governor John Hickenlooper (D) is expected to sign House Bill 1325 into law.
Even if the Assembly should pass marijuana taxation before adjourning, the matter would not be entirely settled for months. Amendment 64, the ballot measure that legalized marijuana, calls for a question on November's ballot of whether to approve marijuana taxes passed by the legislature. A 15 percent excise tax and an initial 10 percent sales tax passed a first vote in the Senate on Tuesday. Should the taxes pass a final vote on Wednesday, the House would need to concur on amendments by the midnight deadline. Hickenlooper would then need to sign House Bill 1318 before it heads to the ballot.
A House resolution seeking guidance on regulation from the federal government, under which marijuana remains illegal, also passed.
Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino (D) pledged on Monday that few bills would not receive a vote on his floor by the session's end. Should the legislature finish its work on marijuana on time, it would become the first in the country to successfully regulate the drug for recreational use. Washington, the other state to have voters legalize recreational marijuana last year, included excise taxes in its ballot measure.
- Colorado General Assembly
- Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 64 (2012)
- Marijuana ballot measures
- Colorado 2012 ballot measures
- Colorado 2013 ballot measures
- John Hickenlooper
- Colorado House considers expanding DUI law to include marijuana, from February 27, 2013
- Colorado marijuana regulation still up in the air, from March 25, 2013
- Marijuana regulation bills introduced in Colorado House, from April 20, 2013
- The Denver Post, "Colorado legislature gives final OK to marijuana driving limit," May 7, 2013
- Reuters, "Colorado legislature sets marijuana limits for motorists," May 7, 2013
- The Denver Post, "In session filled with weighty issues, Colorado legislature ends Wednesday," May 7, 2013
- The Washington Times, "Colorado’s tax on pot still a worry for backers," May 7, 2013