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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A64 Marijuana Task Force Release Recommendation Report

In December of 2012 Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper, by Executive Order, formed a Task Force to debate and make recommendations on how Amendment 64 is to be implemented in Colorado.  These Recommendation have just been formally release and can be found here Task Force Recommendations.

I was very fortunate to be appointed to this Task Force as a representative of marijuana consumers and to ensure that the consumers interests are protected.  The Task Force's mission was as follows:

"The Task Force's mission shall be to identify the legal, policy, and procedural issues that need to be resolved, and to offer suggestions and proposals for legislative, regulatory and executive actions that need to be taken, for the effective and efficient implementation of Amendment 64. The Task Force is encouraged to develop a comprehensive framework and timeline for legislation and regulations needed to implement Amendment 64. The Task Force shall report its recommendations and findings to the Governor, to the General Assembly and to the Attorney General."

For the next few months this Task Force met every other week to debate and vote on the issues raised by the five subgroups formed by the Task Force.  For more details on the subgroups please read the report.  I was also selected as a member of the Social Issues Working Group.

Although I did not agree with and voted against many of the Recommendations in this report it was great to see marijuana issues seriously debated in a public forum requiring many of our elected officials to take formal stances on the issues!

However, our work is not done yet!  Please contact your legislative representatives and congressmen and let them know what you think of these Recommendations and what they should do with them.

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