Colorado anti-marijuana ballot campaign now underway

Advocates who want to scale back Colorado’s marijuana industry have received the green light to begin gathering signatures to put the issue before voters in the fall.

The Colorado Supreme Court gave the go-ahead Thursday to supporters who want to put an initiative on the November ballot that would impose potency caps and packaging restrictions on a variety of marijuana products, the Associated Press reported.

The proposed measure would ban all marijuana products with THC potency of more than 16%, which would make products such as vape pens and some edibles illegal.

It also would effectively regulate concentrates makers and many edibles manufacturers out of business, and make the vast majority of flower illegal.

The proposed law would apply to both medical and recreational cannabis products.

If voters were to approve the measure – which many in the industry consider unlikely – it would make 80% of cannabis products currently on the Colorado market illegal, according to a report by BDS Analytics.

Supporters of the initiative now need to gather at least 98,000 signatures by Aug. 8 to make the November ballot. It’s unclear if they have the finances and manpower to meet that threshold, and the initiative’s two primary backers didn’t respond to requests for comment from the AP.

5 comments on “Colorado anti-marijuana ballot campaign now underway
  1. Averde on

    How much tax revenue has the Cannabis industry in CO generated? Whats the chances that a black market the likes no one has ever seen would emerge in the wake of this measure? How much would have to be spent on enforcement and where exactly will that money come from? Sounds like a great idea…..

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    • Marianne Bays on

      Colorado collected more than $135 million in marijuana taxes in 2015. The black market flourishes is states that have over-regulated, like NJ and NY and, if this CO measure were to be passed, I have no doubt that the black market would reemerge and flourish there. And, you’re right, the enforcement efforts for this measure would be expensive … and though you haven’t said it, downright stupid.

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  2. Ted Nielsen RC on

    104 Lakeshore Blvd.
    I am for telling consumers. Just how potent the pot is we need this where ever it is sold an recreational doesn’t need to be as potent as medical , med needs to have higher cbd’s

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  3. Victoria Smith on

    Won’t happen. Interesting note – financial support for this silly group (Smart Colorado, a misnomer fer sher) is provided by Pete Coors and the Coors Foundation.

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