Howto Regulate Marijuana in Colorado
Howto Regulate Marijuana in Colorado
Coloradois the only state where marijuana or weed or bhang or pot has beenlegalized. Its consumption has increased since it was legalized andmany people misuse it leading to criminal or heinous acts by teens.Therefore, since its legalization Colorado has been in the run tolook for ways of regulating its production, processing, sales anduse.
First,recently Colorado government set up a marijuana bank to regulate themarijuana business. It has allowed uninsured cooperatives to beformed to give marijuana business access to banking services forinstance checking. However, it has been hard to get approval from thefederal government (CLEin Colorado, 2013).
Secondly,Colorado government has adopted Amendment 64 in parliament whichwould aid in regulation of marijuana and restrict the sale only tothe stores which have been licensed as it is done to other drugs likealcohol (Whiteside, 1997). By implementing such an Amendment, theuser’s exposure to other hard drugs like cocaine and their longingto experiment its uptake will be reduced. It will also aid the usersto know what they get upon buying and consuming marijuana. Thoseselling marijuana illegally are not subjected to required or standardstandards and they never label or test their products (CLE inColorado, 2013). Amendment 64, proposes a regulated marijuana systemwhereby the pot producers and retailers have to follow to stringentrules and regulations which are same to rules and regulations whichgoverns alcohol production and sale (Whiteside, 1997).
Thirdly,what is needed to be done is to take out the sale of marijuana of ofthe hands of criminals. There are criminal gangs who still practiceunlicensed marijuana business and have formed narco-terroristorganization and their main source of income is sale of marijuana.Sometimes, violence occurs among themselves if they disagree oversharing of profits (CLE in Colorado, 2013).The Colorado can thus eliminate the sales from such large scalecartels and small town street gangs to eliminate their source ofi8ncome to avert more violence.
Inaddition, the illegal marijuana markets have put a lot of money inpockets of criminals and remove out of pockets of taxpayers. The drugdealer’s sales marijuana and collect taxes on their sales but laterdo not pay taxes on their enterprise. It’s good news thatAmendment 64 proposes excise tax of 15 percent on all sales ofmarijuana.
Also,marijuana can be regulated through minimization of access to suchmarijuana. It can regulate through banning of underground marketswhich enables uncontrolled selling and these markets won’t ask forthe ID. Thus Colorado market is adopting a regulated market whichwill ensure that checks for roof of age is carried out and isenforced strictly. Research carried out aiming the teenagers hasshown that they can access the marijuana more than the other drugslike alcohol and tobacco (Campbell, 2012). Hence regulation of suchproducts and restrain on sales to the teens will decrease theiravailability as it has been done to other drugs like alcohol. Alsothe Colorado government is embracing the ‘We Card’ program andwill implement it fully since it was practiced from 1995 to curb theuse of cigarette and it actually reduced cigarette sales to teenagersand it focuses on the public education (Campbell, 2012).
Thus,Colorado needs to enact strict rules and regulations pertaining tosale of marijuana for medicines. If it does so any partial regulationof marijuana can decrease the availability and uses by the citizensof Colorado State. The Amendment 64 regulates the production,processing and marketing of marijuana across all board.
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Campbell,G. (2012). Pot,Inc.: inside medical marijuana, America`s most outlaw industry.New York: Sterling.
Whiteside,H. O. (1997). Menacein the West: Colorado and the American experience with drugs,1873-1963.Denver, Colo.: Colorado Historical Society.