Amendment 64 – Six Months Later
July 10, 2014

It has been half of a year since the first recreational marijuana stores opened in Colorado creating the first seed-to-sale legalized marijuana market in the world. To sum up how Colorado is doing after prohibition has ended, one should look to the Director of Marijuana Coordination, Andrew Freedman, who stated, “The sky hasn’t fallen.” In […]

Amendment 64 – Marijuana Possession in Colorado
June 28, 2014

It has been nearly one month since Colorado implemented the first regulated “seed to sale” market for recreational marijuana in the world.  The amount of media attention placed on Colorado is startling, and with that attention, people create misconceptions.  It is important for people in Colorado to know what conduct is now allowed under state […]

Colorado Bill to Seal Marijuana Convictions Passes Committee
June 18, 2014

A bipartisan bill, SB 14-218, recently passed committee hearings in the Colorado legislature that would allow people who were convicted of activity now legal under Amendment 64 to have their criminal records sealed. This includes all activity under Amendment 64 ranging from possession of less than one ounce to cultivation of less than six plants. […]

Taxing of recreational marijuana
April 20, 2014

The precise amount that recreational marijuana will be taxed has not yet been established. The only specific information that was written into Amendment 64 regarding taxes was that the first $40 million earned from the excise tax will go toward public school construction. The Joint Committee plans to introduce a bill to the legislature based […]

Amendment 64 Applies Retroactively to Past Convictions (Maybe)
April 19, 2014

In a landmark case issued on March 13, 2014; the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that legalized marijuana under Amendment 64 applies retroactively to past possession of marijuana convictions. The case entitled People v. Russell involving a woman convicted of (among other crimes) possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and possession of marijuana […]

Amendment 64 Task Force Recommendations
April 16, 2014

Taxing marijuana: The recommendation has been made to implement a tax on marijuana sales. The rate will be determined by the General Assembly “through consultation with the Department of Revenue, Office of State Planning and Budgeting and Colorado Legislative Council.” If approved, the tax will not take effect until January 1, 2014. It is also […]

Marijuana and Open Container Laws
February 20, 2014

Imagine you’re a responsible, law abiding adult who is interested in enjoying Colorado’s new legal marijuana market.  You drive to your nearest pot shop, show your ID to prove you are over 21, and buy a small amount of marijuana including an added 20% state sales tax.  You then get back in your car and […]

Amendment 64 Task Force Complete
March 12, 2013

After months of work, the marijuana Task Force has completed its task of creating regulations on marijuana, which will be recommended to the state. Not all of these recommendations will be implemented, but it is a large step in the regulation of the recent passage of amendment 64. Some of those recommendations include: Taxing marijuana […]

Marijuana and the workplace
February 27, 2013

Amendment 64 has legalized marijuana in the state of Colorado for persons 21 of age and older but the amendment does not come without restraints. One of those restraints is the ability for employers to restrict the use of marijuana in the workplace. Nothing in amendment 64 “requires an employer to permit or accommodate the […]

How Amendment 64 is now and what the Amendment 64 Task Force is working on
February 8, 2013

“Currently federal laws define marijuana as an illegal substance”. (link) This means that the possession and use of non-medical marijuana is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government, giving them the ability to prosecute for the use, sell, and cultivation of marijuana. At this time however, it is still unknown how the federal […]