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Denver -- What Colorado will look like with legal marijuana became significantly clearer Thursday when the state task force proposing rules for that new world finished its work.
Under proposals endorsed by the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, recreational marijuana in Colorado would be heavily taxed. It would be grown only indoors. It would not be allowed to be smoked at bars, restaurants or even social clubs.
It could be sold to people visiting from out of state, though. It could be given away to adults an ounce at a time, but not in pot-for-donation swaps. Its sale would be watched over by a small army of state regulators.
During 80 days of poking and pulling at roughly 100 different issues affected by marijuana legalization, the task force endorsed dozens of new policies on topics ranging from criminal enforcement to taxes to child protection to product labeling. Taken together, the recommendations represent a comprehensive set of ideas to regulate a recreational marijuana regime unlike any in history.
The recommendations will now be put to state lawmakers, who will fashion them into a bill and then debate the issues anew.
"The first thing I have to say is, "Thank you,'" Gov. John Hickenlooper told task force members Thursday during a visit to their meeting.
Hardly a benedictory session, Thursday's meeting was more of a last-second cram for the task force to get through its work. During a five-hour hearing, the task force considered proposals on funding, changes to criminal laws and labeling of serving sizes in marijuana-infused goodies.
Tax discussions, particularly, stood out.
The task force recommended that Colorado lawmakers refer to voters two different ballot measures on marijuana taxes. One would impose a 15 percent excise tax on recreational marijuana — a rate that could increase over time — that stores would have to pay at the wholesale level. The other would create a special marijuana sales tax that customers would pay. Though the task force did not endorse a specific amount for the sales tax, it gave a 25 percent rate as an example.
Quote: SpaceMonkey said: Under proposals endorsed by the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, recreational marijuana in Colorado would be heavily taxed. It would be grown only indoors. It would not be allowed to be smoked at bars, restaurants or even social clubs.
What does this mean for the cannabis cup? I already got 3 tickets and ima be so mad if i drive 1200 miles and cant smoke
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