What a month! The Colorado Legislature resumed their 2021 legislative session on February 16th, which means we at Colorado NORML have been very busy. Our full attention has been directed at both proposed bills and the backlog of bills left over from the 2020 session. The Legislature resumes their session with approximately $1.5 billion in uncommitted funds. With COVID relief still a pressing issue and many other bills either formally introduced or in the works, lawmakers will have to be especially strategic about which bills they direct their energy behind.
There have been multiple cannabis-related bills introduced since the resumption of the legislative session, which can be viewed below:
SB21-056 - EXPAND CANNABIS-BASED MEDICINE AT SCHOOLS
HB21-1058 PROMOTING SOCIAL DISTANCING IN MARIJUANA INDUSTRY
You may have also seen our email about a bill that has not been introduced yet: a bill that would put a cap on THC potency. Please keep an eye out for action alerts from us on this vital issue. Another bill at the Capitol you will see an action letter to send out to the business committee in support of promoting social distancing in the marijuana industry. Blue Rising and SMART Colorado came in opposition to the bill; we will need your help in testimony and in numbers.
In addition to fighting the possibility of a proposed potency cap, there is plenty of other work to be done during this session. We will continue working on and paying attention to efforts to codify Governor Polis’ executive orders for telehealth and curbside pickup, as well as continue encouraging lawmakers to further expand the expungement of cannabis-related offenses.
This is where you come in. Our virtual Lobby Weekwill run from March 15th-19th over Zoom! We are currently in the midst of arranging meetings with Colorado lawmakers so that you - our members andtheirconstituents - can share your thoughts, feedback, and concerns directly. Please watch your inbox for more information!
On behalf of all of us at Colorado NORML, thank you for reading, and we hope to see you at our second chapter meeting of 2021 on March 9th at 6 pm MST.
Executive Director, Colorado NORML
Chapter Meetings Update
We are excited to announce that we will be resuming our monthly chapter meetings for 2021! Due to COVID-19 the meetings will be held over Zoom on the 2nd Tuesday of each month! Meetings will run from 6 pm-7:30 pm MST. This month’s theme is Women's History Month: Cannabis Legislation, Women of Cannabis, and the Cannabis Community. We will be discussing recent 2021 legislative bills. There will even be a hemp cooking demo, so please join us! As an added bonus, if you join our meeting, provide your email and it will be entered into a drawing for some CO NORML gear!
Carla Boyd- Professional Cannabis Chef, Hemp Way Foods
We held our first virtual chapter meeting last month on Feb. 9th. We encountered minor difficulties, but overall it was a success; If you missed the meeting, you can view it below!
In the wake of 2020, and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado’s cannabis industry is entering new territory. Our organization is working to advocate for both patients and recreational marijuana users, but now that the 2021 Legislative Session has resumed, we are going to need your help. The best way to help us further our mission during this unprecedented time is by becoming a member. Your membership - either as an individual or a business - helps keep our organization running. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of membership, click here.
If you would like to sign up to testify in person or write a letter about a bill that is being heard by the Legislature, please sign up and register usingthislink. Follow upcoming legislation via our website below
Colorado NORML is dedicated to reforming marijuana laws and protecting the marijuana consumer. Colorado NORML also supports NORML's mission of moving public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to criminal sanction.
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