Colorado: Home Grow Bill Aims To Eradicate Black Market
By Derrick Stanley
A Colorado House committee voted 11-2 Tuesday in favor of House Bill 17-1220, a bill that would limit home growers to 12 marijuana plants per residential home in an effort to eradicate Colorado’s black market. Colorado residents would be restricted to growing six mature (flowering) plants and six immature (non-flowering) plants.
Under current Colorado law, residences are allowed to cultivate up to six plants per person per home. Many cities like Denver already cap flowering plants at 12.
A first-time offense would result in a misdemeanor and a $1,000 fine while a subsequent offense results in a felony.
Should the law pass votes in the House and Senate, the new bill would go into effect January 2018 and put extended plant counts in serious jeopardy.
Medical marijuana patients with extended plant counts in Colorado operate under the safety of their medical marijuana cards. Marijuana co-cops and grows that affect residential areas have been put on clear notice:
“The bill places a cap on the number of plants that can be possessed or grown on a residential property at 12 plants in the aggregate, with 6 or fewer being mature. A medical marijuana patient or primary caregiver who cultivates more than 12 plants must cultivate the plants in compliance with applicable city, county, or city and county law. The bill requires a patient or primary caregiver cultivating marijuana to comply with all local laws, regulations and zoning requirements.”
Titled “Prevent Marijuana Diversion To Illegal Market,” this change in policy aims to cripple Colorado’s black market.
“Large-scale, multi-national crime organizations have exploited Colorado laws, rented multiple residential properties for large-scale cultivation sites and caused an influx of human trafficking and large amounts of weapons as well as the potential for violent crimes in residential neighborhoods.” [Colorado.gov]