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Colorado officials propose 2-year moratorium on new marijuana laws

Colorado officials propose 2-year moratorium on new marijuana laws

05-20 | CDAH Team

Marijuana laws have been under the lens since their inception. As the United States continues to struggle with the drug problem, there have been constant changes to laws regulating marijuana usage. Now, concerned over these frequent amendments to marijuana laws, Colorado’s top police officials and prosecutors reportedly want no new legislation in the state for a couple of years.

Colorado has seen various marijuana-related bills in the past four years, which has made it difficult for officials to comply with the constantly wavering legislation. These changes are being attributed to the seemingly unstoppable efforts by marijuana crusaders, who ensured legalization of the drug for recreational purpose in Colorado. Such developments clearly indicated that legal marijuana is here to stay.

Special legislative panel for temporary ban on pot legislation

Marijuana markets spanning across America are built on shaky grounds. Marijuana laws came on the heels of legalization of the drug in various U.S. states. Since then, many changes have been made, putting the federal prosecutors under immense pressure to weigh the prospect of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

The joint letter by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, County Sheriffs of Colorado and the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council to the state legislators seeks a two-year remission on any new changes to the existing laws governing marijuana use citing reasons that they were unable to keep up with the extent and speed of amendments and changes being made.

The letter, published by The Denver Post, pleads, “Regulation seems to change on a daily basis, and this process must be slowed down.” It further seeks a two-year gap before any further changes were introduced to the existing laws. The officials also advocated the need to set up a special legislative committee to impose a temporary prohibition on pot legislation for a short period.

The lawmakers were also urged to provide  adequate funds to enable the law enforcement officials to study and check the impact of the legal weed and impart necessary training to the federal prosecutors. So far, only 30 percent of the state’s officers have received the necessary instructions regarding the basics of marijuana law.

According to a report on CBS Denver, the Senate has set aside $200,000 for training purpose and $1 million for “local impacts” in this year’s session.

Flood of bills on marijuana

Following the decriminalization of cannabis use for recreational purpose, more than 80 bills have already been introduced in Colorado legislature, and the state took up 21 bills for discussion in this year’s session.

“I think some of the concerns that are brought forward in the letter are valid and we need to continue to listen,” said Representative Crisanta Duran, the majority leader in the state House, in response to the letter. However, he expressed his concern that the proposed moratorium may not be adhered to.

In an effort to bring down the level of marijuana use in the state, the law enforcement officials in Colorado are scanning Craigslist to segregate those engaged in selling marijuana online. Despite marijuana’s precarious legal standing, law enforcement officials are disallowing any pot deals over the internet.

Colorado’s crime rate falls post decriminalization of marijuana use

Colorado has witnessed a marked reduction in its crime rate following two years of decriminalization of marijuana use. The move also resulted in skyrocketing sales of marijuana, adding to the overall tax revenue of the state.

However, these marijuana laws are still debatable, as they do not change the fact that the cannabis is a harmful drug and its use is punishable under the federal law.

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According to the “Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: Early Findings” survey by the Colorado state in March 2016, youths in Colorado were at an increased probability to smoke marijuana compared to those from other states, both prior to and post marijuana legalization.

Addiction of any substance is harmful. It can have both short-term and long-term effects on an individual. Intervention at the earliest is the key to sobriety. If a loved one is grappling with any substance abuse and you are looking for an addiction treatment in Colorado, the Colorado Drug Addiction Helpline can make your work easier. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-218-7546 for immediate assistance.


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