Monday, December 31, 2012

THC-DUI bill back for the third time; pot clubs debut

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 4:52 PM


• In Wednesday's Independent we've got an interview with Colorado Springs Rep. Mark Waller on what's coming up for the third attempt at passing legislation that codifies how much THC can be in the blood of Colorado's drivers. In the meantime, though, the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction has a pretty good look at what's happening.

"Under the justice committee bill that [Sen. Steve] King and incoming House Minority Leader Mark Waller are to introduce, the bill will call for a 5-nanogram standard, but make it a 'rebuttable inference' law," writes Charles Ashby. "That’s legalese for something that’s not quite certain, and therefore, rebuttable with expert testimony in a court of law."

• The first marijuana-focused private establishment opened today in Denver at 4:20 p.m. Club 64, the Denver Post reports, will disclose various meeting sites to its members via its website, which people can apply to join for $29.99 (payable via PayPal).

The rules around cannabis clubs have yet to take shape, which becomes all the more clear in this pure-gold passage detailing the full-circle run around the reporter, Electa Draper, got from a string of government officials.

"Nothing in the amendment language permits consuming (marijuana) openly and publicly," said Mark Couch, spokesman for the state Task Force on the Implementation of Amendment 64.

The rules on any clubs or lounges, Couch said, "will be sorted out in the months ahead by legislators, law enforcement and the task force." He suggested law enforcement should be contacted for clarification.

Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said the department would have to consult with city attorneys. Denver Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell said he had no comment, except the city awaits further guidance from the state.

State Attorneys General Office spokeswoman Carolyn Tyler said the task force should be asked questions related to implementation of Amendment 64.

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