Task force: Tourists welcome to get stoned in Colorado

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 15:45 EDT
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A man smokes marijuana in a water pipe. Photo: Sergei Bachlakov / Shutterstock.com.
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Regulators on Colorado’s Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force recommended on Tuesday that tourists be allowed to toke up when visiting the Centennial State, but officials stopped short of saying it’s cool for visitors to carry their stash back across state lines once they’re headed home.

The task force’s Tuesday meeting ended without decisions on a number of key sticking points, but on the matter of requiring residency to purchase marijuana the messages was clear: there should be no room for a black market to exist.

“Imposing a residency requirement would almost certainly create a black market for recreational marijuana in the state,” said state Rep. Dan Pabon (D) said, according to The Associated Press.

The task force also agreed that tourists should be sold smaller amounts than residents, and only Colorado residents who’ve lived in the state two or more years should be allowed to sell marijuana at retail. Retail locations would also be required to sell only what they grow.

Additionally, starting in 2014 only licensed medical marijuana dispensary owners will be allowed to apply for recreational sales permits, but the application process would open to all Colorado residents starting in 2015.

While regulators figure out the rules, Colorado residents have already come up with their own legally questionable way of sort-of selling pot. The Denver Post pointed out the trend: nondescript items containing set amounts of marijuana are being traded in exchange for “donations.”

A simple search on Denver’s Craigslist for “donations” returns several pages containing dozens, if not hundreds of posts offering marijuana in exchange for “donations” of varying amounts, which is technically legal under state law — at least for now, until regulators adopt specific language on what constitutes a sale, which is not expected to happen until later this year.

This video is from CBS 4 in Denver, aired Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.


Photo: Sergei Bachlakov / Shutterstock.com.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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