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 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 […]

New Colorado DUI Laws in Effect January 2014 – Part II
December 13, 2013

A little while ago, our firm presented a blog post regarding the upcoming changes to DUI law in Colorado. These changes are going into effect on January 1, 2014.  While that post addressed the changes that will occur, we have received several questions on how these changes will affect our clients.  Overall the change in law […]

Colorado’s Express Consent Law
November 29, 2013

It is important for any driver to understand Colorado’s Express Consent Law.  This statute states that whenever a driver is suspected of driving while impaired due to alcohol or drugs or both, a police officer can request that a driver consent to a chemical test, either a Breathalyzer or blood test, to determine whether there […]

The Insanity Defense in Colorado
November 7, 2013

The insanity defense appears frequently in news stories and popular culture. The application of the defense is not as cut and dry as most people believe. Different states use different tests for insanity. Someone who is insane under Colorado Law is not necessarily insane under Wyoming Law or someone insane under Wyoming Law is not […]

Who gets the pets in a divorce?
November 5, 2013

divorce can be a messy affair.  Sometimes divorces are so messy people fight about which pieces of silver they want.  Sometimes divorces are not messy, but trying to decide who gets the dog (or cat, or snake, or whatever animal you both loved) is a very difficult decision. Interestingly, but very unfortunately, in a divorce […]

Change in Colorado Drug Crime Classifications
October 25, 2013

Colorado changed the way it classifies drug crimes on October 1, 2013. Prior to October 1, Colorado sentencing guidelines did not separate drug crimes from other crimes. For example, possession of more than 2 grams of Methamphetamine and 2nd degree assault were both Class 4 felonies sentenced under the same guidelines. Under the new classifications non-drug […]

Frequently Asked Questions about Ignition Interlock Devices
July 1, 2013

What is Interlock? Interlock is an ignition  device that is installed on a motor vehicle which prohibits operation of the vehicle while the driver is under the influence of alcohol. How does Interlock work? Interlock requires the driver to provide a breath sample before the car is allowed to start, if elevated alcohol levels are […]

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 […]