Well, you didn’t have to be Nostradamus to see this coming.
Because while the news surrounding the push toward legal marijuana has been overwhelmingly positive of late—see the Supreme Court’s recent rejection of Nebraska and Colorado’s challenge to Colorado’s weed laws—we’ve gotten another reminder that legalization doesn’t immediately create a pot panacea.
So get ready, because some legislators in the the Rocky Mountain State are making a push to harsh their constituent’s buzz.
As The Denver Post reported this morning, “A proposed ballot initiative and an amendment to a bill in the state House would cap the THC potency of recreational cannabis and marijuana products at a percentage below most of those products’ current averages.” The cap outlined in the bill calls for all recreational pot products—it doesn’t address medical ones—to contain no more than 16% THC. Currently, most strains sold in Colorado register at approximately 17%, and the percentage for extracts can climb to over 60%. Obviously, that would put growers and retailers in a tough spot.
The reason legislators allegedly want to dumb down the potency of the state’s pot, of course, is to protect children. Which makes perfect sense, because under current laws, every grade school child in Colorado is currently given a daily ration of weed along with their lunch, much like American soldiers in World War II were provided with packs of Lucky Strikes and Chesterfields with their MREs.
Of course, eagle-eyed readers will note that’s complete bullshit.
And given that the minimum legal age to buy any marijuana product in the state is 21, the effect of block-rocking strains of weed on developing brains probably shouldn’t be a huge concern. After all, bourbon is still legal, and while no medical professional is going to advocate middle schoolers should unwind from a Social Studies pop quiz with a high-octane Maker’s Mark Manhattan, their parents are still free imbibe.
Fortunately, the bill appears to have stalled in the House Finance Committee, which declined to take a vote when it was initially introduced. While it’s not currently scheduled for another vote—and would have to be approved by the voters on a ballot initiative even if it passed—the legislation’s very existence shows even in the Union’s greenest state, legal weed’s road isn’t free from peril.
[ via The Denver Post ]