As the many eyes of the country - particularly the feds - watch to see how Colorado's lawmakers cultivate their new recreational marijuana rules and regs. More than a few politicians count themselves among the skeptical, that CO's current regulators can handle the task at hand.
Anna Panoka -- On Thursday the panel reversed an earlier decision to consolidate recreational and medical marijuana under the current enforcement division, after a scathing audit described the office as mismanaged and underfunded.
Committee Chair Dan Pabon [D-Denver] wants answers on what the Division is doing to fix those issues and how soon.
“We need to have the select committee ask for hard numbers from the Department of Revenue about what is needed to fully enforce to protect the public safety, protect children’s access, enforce packaging and labeling and purchasing requirements,” Pabon said after the committee meeting.Pabon says once the committee has hard numbers, it needs to figure out how to finance enforcement to avoid some of the problems auditors found at the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division. Part of that may depend on voters approving high taxes on the product in November.
The committee is pushing back its deadline and has four more meetings to work out what will be in the final package of legislation. Pabon insists the bill or bills will be introduced early enough to avoid any need for a special session after the legislature adjourns.
Source: Colorado Public Radio