Cannabis, already legal, to become even more available in Colorado in 2019
Weed for kids, weed spas, small weed businesses are on horizon.
Cannabis is legal in the Rocky Mountain State, but it's about to get legal … er.
After a blue wave in november, Democrats now control the whole governmental sheebang — house, senate and governor's office — and several libertarian pot bills are set to sail through the new legislature in 2019.
"We are considered the leader in cannabis policy in the country, and if we don't push forward with what we consider good cannabis policy we're going to lose ground," said Cindy Sovine, who is a cannabis industry lobbyist and also hopes to open a cannabis spa in Denver.
KIDS WITH AUTISM TO GET MMJ
One example of how Colorado is leading the way on Colorado policy is a controversial new bill that will let kids with autism use medical marijuana — stuff with THC. It's winding through the capitol, and the new governor said he'll sign it. (The old one nixed it.)
Few states would be willing to let autistic kids near THC, a compound that, just a few short years ago, was considered as dangerous for school children as kryptonite is to Superman. But Colorado is boldly going there.
Here's the deal: for now, for the most part, Colorado children can legally use weed if they have severe disorder that affects their bodies: cancer, AIDS, seizures. Colorado shocks the nation when it comes to this kind of stuff. A headline in the tabloidy New York Post screamed "Colorado school nurses can give medical marijuana to students."
But physical ailments like cancer are rare in young people. Autism, however, is common. One in 60 kids, about one kid in every other classroom, is on the spectrum.
Right now, if a parent gives their autistic kiddo pot with THC, child protective services might come knocking on their door. "It's foster care for you, you little stoner."
But if the rules changed, thousands more parents at the end of their ropes with an autisic struggler might experiment with pot with THC.
At the state capitol yesterday, a doctor said cannabis lets autistic kids learn to talk, and stop hurting themselves, reported Colorado Politics. A different doctor said he worries THC could fry grade schoolers' brains. The scientific evidence is murky.
AMERICA'S FIRST MARIJUANA GOVERNOR
One big reason for Colorado's new libertarian moves on cannabis is new governor Jared Polis, one the very few politicians who's been on the weed train since it pulled out of the station. As a congress dude, he worked to legalize weed nationwide and defund the War on Drugs. Polis criticized the previous governor, John Hickenlooper, for vetoing pot laws that would've freed the weed. Polis even printed his inauguration program on hemp.
So pretty much whatever pro-pot laws the legislature passes, the governor — who has to approve everything — will sign it.
Want weed without leaving the house? Check Craigslist. You can already get cannabis delivered straight to your house in Colorado. But ganja at your doorstep is not all that super duper strictly legal.
California just voted to allow cannabis to be brought to your house like a Domino's Pizza, even to towns that don't sell weed.
Colorado could follow the Golden State's lead. A bill last session failed. But with new Democratic control, Rep. Jonathan Singer, a friend of cannabis, told the Denver Post he'd like to see cannabis delivery happen. “We have liquor delivery. We have prescription drug delivery,” Rep. Singer told the Post. “We have patients who can’t even get to a dispensary because they’re too sick.”
LIKE MICROBREWERIES? HOW ABOUT MICRODISPENSARIES?
Right now, to run a marijuana business, you need crap loads of permits, licenses, cameras and paperwork. It's a hassle. It takes a lot of money. It hinders experimentation.
But a couple of lawmakers want to create space for "microbusinesses," to grow, process and sell marijuana all in one small space. California already allows microbusinesses. Mom and pop weed shops might be on the horizon.
COLORADO IS AN EXPERIMENTAL STATE
Colorado was the first state in the world to legalize cannabis, and with a more liberal and libertarian legislature, it's going to continue to let the plant grow naturally, and see what happens.