Light Up (If That’s Your Thing)

POLS UPDATE: AP’s Kristen Wyatt via the Washington Post:

Hickenlooper, a Democrat, opposed the measure but had no veto power over the voter-approved amendment to the state constitution. He tweeted his declaration Monday and sent an executive order to reporters by email after the fact. That prevented a countdown to legalization as seen in Washington, where the law’s supporters gathered to smoke in public…

Hickenlooper also announced a state task force Monday to help craft the marijuana regulations. The 24-member task force includes law enforcement, agriculture officials and marijuana advocates.

The governor admonished the task force not to ponder whether marijuana should be legal.

“The Task Force shall respect the will of the voters of Colorado and shall not engage in a debate of the merits of marijuana legalization,” the executive order read.

See the list of legalization task force members after the jump.


Update: In Hick’s office’s own words

Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed an Executive Order that makes an “official declaration of the vote” related to Amendment 64. That declaration formalizes the amendment as part of the state Constitution and makes legal the personal use, possession and limited home-growing of marijuana under Colorado law for adults 21 years of age and older.

It is still illegal under state law to buy or sell marijuana in any quantity and to consume marijuana in public or in a way that endangers others.

The latest, from Twitter:

Enjoy your day, folks. If you find yourself hungry, there’s a great new bakery around 8th and Colorado, Leaf and Crumb, that could use some business.  

Rep. Dan Pabon, appointed by the incoming Speaker of the House;

Sen. Cheri Jahn, appointed by the incoming President of the Senate;

Rep.-elect Dan Nordberg, appointed by the incoming House Minority Leader;

Sen.-elect Vicki Marble, appointed by the incoming Senate Minority Leader;

David Blake, representing the Colorado Attorney General;

Kevin Bommer, representing the Colorado Municipal League;

Eric Bergman, representing Colorado Counties Inc.;

Chris Urbina, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment;

James Davis, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety;

John Salazar, the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture;

Ron Kammerzell, the Senior Director responsible for the Colorado Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division;

Christian Sederberg, representing the campaign to pass Amendment 64;

Meg Sanders, representing the medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation industry;

Craig Small, representing marijuana consumers;

Sam Kamin, a person with expertise in legal issues related to the legalization of marijuana;

Dr. Christian Thurstone, a person with expertise in the treatment of marijuana addiction;

Charles Garcia, representing the Colorado Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice;

Larry Abrahamson, representing the Colorado District Attorney’s Council;

Brian Connors, representing the Colorado State Public Defender;

Daniel Zook, an at-large member from outside of the Denver area;

Tamra Ward, representing the interests of employers; and

Mike Cerbo, representing the interests of employees.


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  1. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    Baking a new batch this p.m. Of course they sort of lead into a perpetual motion kind of thing… .

  2. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    I’m glad Hickenlooper didn’t sandbag this until the last possible moment. As long as the other shoe isn’t about to drop in the form of the feds cracking down, perhaps Hick is coming around on respecting the will of the voters.

  3. Pam Bennett says:

    Remember those who are down wind of y’all.  Bigger is better.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    eight? . . . it’s Hickenlooper’s 2012 Hanukkah gift to the citizenry.

  5. divad says:

    Dr. Christian Thurstone, a person with expertise in the treatment of marijuana addiction

    Really?  What’s that consist of–“dude, you should totally stop smoking so much”?  

    I’m guessing that a few of the people named above are going to have a hard time with the whole “The Task Force shall respect the will of the voters of Colorado and shall not engage in a debate of the merits of marijuana legalization” mandate.

  6. TimothyTribbett says:

    A lot of lawyers are going to get really wealthy over this State/Fed showdown. At my last job some guys were reported to be “smoking” during lunch. We sent them for drug tests. They all failed but brought in their medical marijuana cards. We still fired them as it was a manufacturing plant and you can not take the chance that it was at lunch or two days before from a safety perspective. This is going to get very messy. Should be must see tv.

    By the way I did vote yeah.  

  7. Gilpin Guy says:

    you came out of a Mexican restaurant.

  8. TimothyTribbett says:

    I know they have been tough on medical marijuana more so in CA than CO. That said I believe a lot of that was political posturing ahead of the election. With the election off the table for four years in terms of governing I would be shocked if they push that. Especially given the importance of CO to the Dems nationally.  

  9. BlueCat says:

    for being drunk on the job and that’s legal too. I think, in the end, it will wind up being treated pretty much like the most prevalent legal drug, alcohol.  Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it has to be considered appropriate under all circumstances or for all ages. It will still be OK to insist that people operating heavy machinery, the kids at school, your pilot, etc. are neither drunk nor high. There will have to be some standards for determining whether a person is high right now or just has traces showing up from the other day but it should be quite doable.

  10. ProgressiveCowgirlProgressiveCowgirl says:

    That nothing about MMJ legalization interferes with an employer’s write to terminate an intoxicated employee. The employees would of course try anything they could think of to avoid losing their jobs, but there’s no mess–the language stating they can be fired is IN the state constitution.  

  11. parsingreality says:

    As we all know, the THC lingers well after the buzz, unlike alcohol. When I went to get a job many years ago, I had to be tested.  I had smoked a bit a couple of weeks before, so I really dragged my heals on getting the Whiz Quiz done (I wasn’t going to start for a month anyway.)

    I wanted this job badly, so I went to a drug testing lab in Hollywood, ponied up $75, and pee’d.  When I called in Monday, I came in just a touch over the (don’t quote me on this) 15 nanograms THC per deciliter Go-No Go standard.  We did it again, this time the guy even did a spectroscopic analysis for grins. I passed, I made the appointment with the employer lab, and life went on.

    The tester, a PhD in some bio field and I hit it off, we talked a lot, I had a lot of curiosity.  He said that there is no way to speed up the metabolism of THC, but some people do it faster than others.  Figure 30 days since your last toke as a probable test clear date.

    Since all the testing has probably been geared towards finding any trace, compared to THC vs. impairment, this is going to be very interesting.  Legally, and practically.  If someone tokes every night, but goes to work straight and sober, how can a urine test even be valid?  Or, are going to go down that debatable slope of BAC? Which is objective but can’t measure individual impairment, which can vary widely.

    I say, look at his/her eyes, monitor giggles, check out snack food consumption……

  12. TimothyTribbett says:

    There is some current science around measuring THC levels but it is quite unproven at the moment. Just like alcohol a lot of it depends on the individual. Someone who a smoked one joint 3 days ago for  the first time in months will test significantly different from someone who smoked one joint 3 days ago and every day before that for a month.  I hope we can get some reliable science around it. Will take some  effort but will make it easier to set some reasonable expectations for the work place.  

  13. Not Dame Edna says:

    I am pretty sure that Dr. Thurstone would have much more to say than “dude, you should totally stop smoking so much.”

    Dr. Thurstone is a highly regarded Addiction Psychiatrist who works for Denver Health. He specializes in addiction in youth.

    Based on those named, it appears to me that the Governor has assembled a group that will give a well rounded and holistic view to implementing Admendment 64.

  14. st0ry says:

    Meg Sanders is a super nice lady, but she’s not a grower. She owns a cultivation center, but to my knowledge she doesn’t grow cannabis personally. She hires people to do it for her and sells it through a dispensary. I don’t know why she is representing cultivators. She’s a business person and nothing more.

    I’ve had more than one conversation with her and her personal knowledge of Cannabis cultivation is very limited at best. They could have appointed about a 1000 other people to this position from Denver that are more qualified to speak about modern Cannabis cultivation without even looking very hard. No offense to her, like I said she’s a nice person, but if they want an expert on cultivation they should get a real grower.

  15. divad says:

    For instance, will there be a slew of “driving while stoned” laws when there already driving while impaired/reckless driving statutes already on the books that are sufficient?  Will we see a return of ridiculous testing standard that mirrored BAC that was floated last session?  

    I’m leery that we’re not going use this as an opportunity to find new ways to lock people up and/or try to placate the Feds.  

    “Addiction in youth” is pretty broad and while there will no doubt be some young people smoking (as there always has been), they are not the target population of the new regs and statutes.  I don’t believe that marijuana is physically addictive and it is debatable if it is mentally addictive.  Heroin, meth, tobacco, oxy–all without question addictive in every sense of the word, but grass?  Not in my book.  

    Someone being touted as “an expert in the treatment of marijuana addiction” brings out the skeptic in me.  YMMV.

  16. parsingreality says:

    If, pre-64, the presumption of having THC in your blood, at any level, was indicative of lax moral standards by using illegal substances, that becomes moot with 64.

    The first time an employer fires someone for having THC in his/her urine, a legal substance, the courtroom doors with bang open. And, my bet is the plaintiff, the toker, will prevail.

    Two further guesses: HR type attorneys are already outlining seminars on how to deal with 64, and smart companies will find other reasons to fire an employee if she/he needs firing for other than failing the piss test.  

  17. Danny the Red (hair)Danny the Red (hair) says:

    While THC lingers the Delta 9 THC dissipates more quickly and has some relation to impairment.

    The problem is, though the relationship exists, what exactly it is has not been thoroughly researched.  Perversely part of the problems with researching impairment stems from the Schedule 1 designation which makes research next to impossible in universities, the who of basic research.  We instead rely on a handful of limited studies out of the Netherlands.

    My personal belief is that there are multiple populations with different impairment profiles.  I think there is a significant difference between medical users who consumer THC as a pain management tool and a recreational user who uses heavily, but in a more focused way.

    Much like an opioid user can be prescribed an increasingly high dose to manage their pain and not be high,  a recreational user can be wasted with the same dose, I suspect THC follows a similar profile.  We need more research (Side note: though I voted for 64 I didn’t like “regulate like alcohol” as a frame because I worry about that impact on the medicinal user)

  18. Diogenesdemar says:

    wildebeest you know . . . a big secret to longevity is letting those, mostly young, early adopters in your herd feed the crocodiles.

  19. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    But wise.

  20. parsingreality says:

    Brave New World in terms of trying to establish some method of impairment.  It’s bad enough with alcohol, which is short term and well understand.

    A once a year drinker with a BAC of .05 will be much more impaired than a Professional Alcoholic with the same.  But the law can’t differentiate.  

  21. Diogenesdemar says:

    no one said you or I have to like the rules, but it probably helps sometimes to understand ’em.  

  22. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    You mean I could get paid for this?

  23. CaninesCanines says:

    What with Mr. Sleazy Smile second-in-command:

    “There are not many friends to legalization in this administration,” says Kevin Sabet, director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida who served the White House as a top adviser on marijuana policy. In fact, the politician who coined the term “drug czar” – Joe Biden – continues to guide the administration’s hard-line drug policy. “The vice president has a special interest in this issue,” Sabet says. “As long as he is vice president, we’re very far off from legalization being a reality.”

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