Colorado Committee Votes to Reduce Number of Marijuana Plants Allowed in Home Grows

Posted by Ballpark Holistic Dispensary on March 9, 2017 in Marijuana Laws

Colorado Committee Votes to Reduce Number of Marijuana Plants Allowed in Home Grows marijuana laws

Colorado currently allows medicals marijuana patients to grow up to 99 plants. Even though some jurisdictions including Denver already limit homes to 12 marijuana plants, Colorado is moving toward limiting growing marijuana at home under a bill that sets a max of 12 plants per residential property.

A House committee voted 11-2 Monday to curb the nation’s most generous allowances for growing pot at home.

But sponsors say lower limits are needed statewide to avoid attracting black-market pot growers. Of the 28 states that allow medical marijuana, none but Colorado allows a patient to have more than 16 plants growing in their homes.

“Colorado home-grow laws position Colorado as an attractive market for criminal operations,”

– Rep. Cole Wist, R-Centennial

Others argued that the lax plant rules prompt neighbor complaints about odors and possible fire danger from strained power supplies.

“We’re not here to deprive anyone of medicine … our concern is the effect that it has on neighborhoods,” said Fort Collins Police Detective Jim Lenderts.

– Rep. Cole Wist, R-Centennial

The bill approved Monday night would still allow large-scale grows, just not in residential areas and now awaits a vote by the full House.

Lawmakers were also considering a bill to give law enforcement more money to pursue black-market pot.

Deputies of Gov. John Hickenlooper testified that federal uncertainty about the future of marijuana makes it important for states violating federal drug law to impose limits. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other members of the Trump Administration have said states should not be allowed to flout the federal Controlled Substances Act.

“In the midst of uncertainty at the federal level…we think it’s imperative that Colorado show it can regulate pot”

– Mark Bolton, the governor’s marijuana adviser

But the bill passed only after medical marijuana users testified for hours that the limit would force them into the more expensive commercial market. Colorado has some 19,000 medical marijuana patients whose doctors have recommended a high number of plants in order to produce cannabis oils and other medical treatments.

“It’s re-criminalizing something that’s already legal here in Colorado,”

– Ashley Weber, head of Colorado NORML

Lawmakers amended the bill to make it a misdemeanor, not a felony, to be caught with too many plants on the first offense.

“Colorado has the most liberal laws in the country on this,”

– Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder

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