Colorado Proposes Rules On Recreational Pot: Heavy Taxes, No Bar Smoking


What Colorado will look like with legal marijuana became significantly clearer yesterday when a state task force proposing rules for that new world finished its work, says the Denver post. 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. 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 issues affected by marijuana legalization, the task force endorsed dozens of new policies on such topics as criminal enforcement, taxes, child protection, and 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 legislators.

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