Long before tourists started converging in Colorado to sample freshly legalized marijuana in the form of gummy bears and chocolate brownies, thousands of Coloradans were cultivating the medicinal plants for their own consumption and to share with ailing friends. Now that the Trump administration is pledging to closely monitor states where the federally outlawed substance has been legalized, regulators in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington are trying to tame what has proved to be an unruly crop of home growers, Stateline reports.
The biggest concern is that outsized home growers may be selling their produce across state lines. In all three states, homegrown medical marijuana was decriminalized at least a decade before the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana sales. The relatively loose rules governing homegrown medical marijuana are considered at odds with highly regulated commercial markets for medicinal and recreational products. For regulators and enforcers, the scale of some home growing operations has been a problem for years. Under antiquated rules, growers could cultivate hundreds of marijuana plants in one residence, depending on how many certified patients designated them as their grower. While some states kept a database of medical marijuana users, little information was collected on the growers that served them.