DENVER — May 1, the Senate passed landmark legislation implementing Amendment 64 which legalized the use and limited possession of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older. In a bipartisan effort, Sen. Cheri Jahn (D- Wheat Ridge) passed SB 13-283 that sets forth a groundwork for implementation of the constitutional amendment. Voters approved the statewide initiative in 2012 and this bill seeks to create the beginnings of the regulatory framework for implementation by:
Restricting the amount of marijuana an adult can possess.
Prohibiting marijuana from school grounds, child care centers and community residential homes.
Training law enforcement to determine impairment during roadside stops.
Requiring a comprehensive study of the effects of Amendment 64 implementation.
“We are breaking new ground in public policy as we implement this sweeping regulation while keeping faith with the intent of the voters. Our stakeholder meetings have been inclusive and constructive, and I am proud of the solid foundation that this process has laid. I have worked very hard to ensure that this bill respects the will of the voters while providing the structure that preserves the public’s health and safety,” said Sen. Jahn.
The Senate still must hear SB 13-283 on third reading for a final vote, expected later this week.