Windsor Attorney Discusses New Marijuana Laws
Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 in the last election – making personal use and regulation of marijuana legal in the state for individuals over the age of 21. Now that the Amendment has been signed into law the state has been actively working on House Bills to regulate and manage the marijuana industry.
House Bill 1317 and 1318 were approved by the Senate and House today and are headed to the Governor for his approval. These two House Bills govern the taxes and regulations around the medical marijuana industry in Colorado. House Bill 1318 would impose a 15% excise tax and a 10% sales tax on recreational marijuana sales.
Of a more interesting note House Bill 1325 also passed the Senate and the House and is awaiting approval by the Governor. House Bill 1325 supports a DUI framework for the state. The Bill sets the limit at 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood to be considered too impaired to drive. Many medical marijuana users are concerned about this Bill, as well as recreational users as studies do not clearly set out when impairment begins.
The new marijuana laws in Colorado will be of interest to many drivers, medical and recreational users and employers and employees while they navigate this new landscape.
I mention employers and employees here as the Colorado Court of Appeals just recently ruled to uphold the firing of the individual who was fired from his employment at Dish Network for marijuana use (he is a paraplegic with a medical marijuana license) on his off-duty time.
If you have an employment issue or a DUI issue related to marijuana use, call Black Suit Law today to discuss your case.