Marijuana Club Bill Amended, Standards Left to Municipalities

Advocates are positive about ‘normalization of marijuana consumption’

Colorado’s pot club bill saw a major overhaul last week as state legislators flinched from possible federal government intervention. Colorado legislators amended a bill Thursday that wouldhave authorized cannabis consumption in clubs by removing pertinent language. Lawmakers debated the necessity of the language aand rewrote the definition of “openly and publicly,” when it comes to marijuana consumption.
The bill’s second House reading went to a debate Thursday that ended with an amendment that removed the “marijuana membership clubs” language from the bill because under current law, municipalities can already set their definition of “public and open consumption” of marijuana.
“We are striking “marijuana membership clubs” from the statue (because) current law right now already authorizes local authorities managed, allow, restrict, prohibit, so it’s unnecessary to put this in state statutes. We are simply just putting in the definition of “openly and publicly,” Rep. Dan Pabon, a Democrat and co-sponsor of the bill said at the hearing.
Senate Bill 184 would have given towns, cities and counties the power to authorize the operation of member-based, private “pot clubs” to allow members to consume retail or medical marijuana on site. Now, language specifying regulations for pot clubs is removed from the bill; pot clubs will require further direction from the federal government before the state government makes any new laws authorizing them in Colorado.

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