A bill to create a marijuana delivery pilot program in Colorado rolled through a key legislative committee Wednesday.
The House Finance Committee, on an 8 to 5 vote, advanced House Bill 1092, which would establish an 18-month pilot project allowing for home-delivered medical and recreational cannabis.
As initially written, the state licensing authority could enter into up to three memorandums of understanding with municipalities to allow marijuana delivery in those jurisdictions, according to the bill text as introduced Jan. 18. The memorandum of understanding could allow multiple municipalities to comprise a contiguous jurisdiction, according to the bill text.
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The bill initially limited the number of licensed delivery businesses to 15, but an amendment was tacked on to leave that decision up to Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. As it stands now, Colorado marijuana regulators will be responsible for setting the bulk of the program’s rules — including aspects such as delivery limitations, tracking and training.
Proponents on Wednesday trumpeted the bill’s potential to decrease incidences of DUIs as well as black- and gray-market activity of delivery sales that are occurring on websites such as Craigslist.
Legislators are taking “reasonable, measured steps” by implementing delivery first as a pilot program, said Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, a bill co-sponsor.
Marijuana industry members said allowing delivery would be in line with the “regulate marijuana like alcohol” intention of Amendment 64 for Colorado, where the delivery of alcohol is allowed.
Also present at the hearing were representatives from Eaze, a San Francisco-based developer of marijuana delivery software. Eaze officials said the firm has completed more than 2 million deliveries of medical marijauan in …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – News