This summer you have a chance to be part of the brainstorm for 2017 rule making as well as legislation. The MED (Marijuana Enforcement Division) allows public input in the five meetings scheduled for this summer. We mentioned in a previous blog that the MED will allow license changes and will accept new license applications. Acceptance hinges for new license applications on the license being added to an existing building.  The recently introduced bills are HB1034, SB192, SB187 as well as HB1367. The first three bills have Hickenlooper’s approving signature however HB1367 does not.

Attendance of a well-informed stakeholder group will be imperative. The need for unnecessary regulation in addition to more red tape is not on the agenda of business owners. The aim of these bills is to create a better ease of business for owners however that isn’t always the result. These stakeholders will be the voice of reason in these rule making sessions. A voice of reason is exactly what Colorado legislators need to hear.

The interest of owners and stakeholders who hope to combine add or move licenses is obvious. What is needed most by the marijuana industry is for knowledgeable advocates and also lawyers be present to make sure the legislators don’t over step. Legislators always seem to slip a rule or two in at the zero hour. Those rules don’t make sense more often than not. Participation is the best way to deter that from happening.

To attend these meetings apply via email to DOR_MEDRuleComments@state.co.us. The MED requires that a 150 word document be submitted explaining the applicant’s qualifications and also their reason for attending. Include in the email your name, occupation, employer, and also your contact information. Send these emails by Monday, July 17 at 9am.

Dates and Times of Meetings

  • Thursday August 31           – Packaging/Labeling

– Legislation HB1034, SB192, SB187

  • Tuesday September 14       – Legislation HB1367 Part 1
  • Wednesday September 15 – Legislation HB1367 Part 2
  • Thursday September 19     – Transfers, transporters, operators, testing and sampling

Sources: Colorado General Assembly

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