In the recent weeks since SB 80's overturn, it has be alluded to that the framework of the recreational law will undergo it's largest overhaul since the law was enacted. When I heard this I became worried, because typically when lawmakers revise a law they destroy the original intention. To my surprize regulations will be loosening up. The 7 gram purchasing limit for out of state visitors, will no longer exist. Instead it will be set at a full ounce, just like the current in state limit. Interestingly enough the other changes that will happen have not be alluded to. Many people may ask why change it now? In part I think they chose to see how the whole legal cannabis expirence would work. Also the Marijuana Enforcement Division holds pannels for figures in the industry to come together and discuss what works and what doesn't about the law. Now after three years, numerous changes to the law and many meetings, the MED and legislature have enough imperical data, evidence and imput from the industry's community to move forward and completely overhaul bill. The media has only adressed the legal limit change from 7 to 28 grams for out-of-staters, with much speculation as to what other changes will follow states that have a proximity to Colorado are panicking. Kansas and Oklahoma are crying foul, saying that if out- of-staters had the ability to purchase an ounce at a time it would foster a larger black market. In fact the black market as far as cannabis has been irreversably damaged. And for those of us who see truth, we know that any out of stater who comes to consume cannabis,and their right mind wouldn't run the dangerous chance of bringing such a small amount of product back to their home. It is going to be truly awesome to see the changes made and how it will shift the industry hopefullty for the better. The people are axniously waiting, and so am I.
Recently, in the past month, the Colorado State legislature, heard and decided on SB 80 a bill that would change the entire marijuana industry here. The bill's language was clear: it limited THC percentages strains to 16 percent and suggested that the overall plant count for medical patients would be lowered to 6 plants total. The affects of SB 80 would be disasterous. But how? As a medical patient, I use marijuana to curb muscle spasms and pain in my arm and hand due to Cerebral Palsy. If I was only permitted to grow 6 plants i would not have enough medicine because I use tinctures and that takes more flower and plant material and six just wouldn't do it, in Rhode Island i was able to grow 20 plants and I had just enough flower to get to be self sufficient. Now think of people who have cancer, aids or even siezures, to get relief, they would obviously need a higher plant count based on the severity of thier illness. Clearly they weren't consider when SB 80 was written. To be frank the ignorance in this bill was astounding, I might even say it was insulting. Clearly it was written by people with vested interests, or people that were just absolutely clueless about marijuana. Even if we overlook the strict changes to plant count, the limiting of THC to 16 percent is idiotic at best. Lowering the THC levels, would have many detremental effects. Many genetics and strains would disappear from the state, also patients and recreational users alike would have to consume more of a lower percentage bud, to get the same effect. Why would this be enacted? It seems the authors of SB 80 have vested interests here, if THC is lowered people would be forced to buy more medicine for thier ailments. Maybe that was understood, that limiting the THC would cause the consumer to purchase more product, hence more tax revenue. Completely devoid of compassion, and common sense these two provisions were stripped from the bill.
I truly think SB 80 was grounded in ignorance and greed. This was the narrative as many people understood and they openly protested SB 80 in social media as well as legilative session as testimony. As a result the legilature yielded to popular demand and removed the two problimatic provisions. This decision came at the right moment, because around this time the United States Congress issued a statement that they have two bills that would legalize cannabis on a federal level, while the DEA(Facist Bastards) finally moved to reshedule cannabis from schedule 1 to 2, because any dummy wih half a brain can figure out Cocaine and Cannabis aren't the same. However let us remember who was on the right side of history. I think I will end it on a high note with a traditional Ghanain poem :
Do you know what time we are in?
It is time to remember
We've rested too long in sleep
Let us arise
Let us arise
Arise and remember
To hold onto what holds you up
Do not give it away
Sing a new Song