The 2021 legislative session is back in Colorado!
After the January mini session a batch of new Colorado state lawmakers was sworn in and the legislature passed about seven mostly minor bills. Today, Feb 16th there is s backlogs of popular bills that were sidelined in the pandemic-shortened 2020 session, plus many new priorities.
Democrats are still in control, now with an expanded Senate majority. Democrats have a strong 20-15 advantage in the Senate and in the House, it’s not even close — 41 of the 65 seats.
The legislature enters this session with about $1.5 billion in uncommitted funds for COVID relief and any other bill that comes with a price tag. That sounds like a lot of money, but it’s misleading; which means lawmakers will have to be strategic.
It is often the case that bills die — or never get introduced in the first place — not because of their merits but because lawmakers are nervous about how much they cost. We’ll likely be seeing a lot of that in 2021, given the budget outlook. Expect the legislature to work in reducing the prison population and reprioritize funding, expanding mental health programs, climate change, gun control, taxes, and always something cannabis related.
There’s plenty on the table for 2021, including codifying Governor Polis' executive orders for telehealth, curbside, online ordering, and finding ways to do more with expungement. With strong opposition to the THC Potency Cap Bill, not yet introduced.
Cannabis Bills introduced as of today:
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Hick campaign interview for Co senate
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norml 2020 Conference
NORML is pleased to announce that our annual conference will be presented in digital format on October 22 & 23 from 12-5PM EDT. This event is an annual tradition that NORML activists from around the country look forward to every year.
The NORML 2020 Conference will be presented as a streaming event on October 22-23 from 12-5PM EDT.
This digital version of the NORML Conference will be incredibly informative, featuring many of the things we’ve come to enjoy about our conferences: powerful panels debating the reform issues of the day, engaging expert speakers to educate and empower attendees, and crucial content that will help you take your activism to a new level.
We are excited to partner with Green Flower Media to bring you this virtual pay-what-you-can event. We hope the ease of access of tuning in from wherever you are on your laptop or phone will encourage and enable you to join us and learn about our important fight for marijuana law reform at the state, federal, and local levels.
Register now for the NORML 2020 Conference and join members from all across America in celebrating 50 years of activism with NORML!
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