December 26, 2017

Marijuana proponents pleased with draft regulations

The draft regulations proposed by the Cannabis Control Commission to govern all aspects of non-medical marijuana were well-received Thursday by the group behind the successful 2016 ballot question to legalize marijuana.

Jim Borghesani, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project and formerly of the Yes on 4 campaign, said in a statement that the organization is pleased with the proposed regulations.

"We commend the commission for putting together a strong, sensible package of regulations," Borghesani said in a statement. "Voters in 2016 passed a measure calling for a safe, regulated legal cannabis system. The CCC's draft regulations promote the spirit and substance of the voters' wish."

Legalization advocates would like to see "a few minor changes" to the regulations, including eliminating provisions requiring marijuana delivery recipients to provide a signature upon delivery and mandating license applicants to hold public hearings.

The CCC on Thursday voted unanimously to accept 108-pages of draft regulations proposed to regulate the cultivation, processing, manufacturing, transportation, storage, sale and social use of marijuana, as well as the process businesses must follow to become licensed to legally deal in marijuana.

After filing the draft regulations with the secretary of state by next Friday, the public will have most of January to read and scrutinize the proposed rules, which had not been posted to the CCC's website as of 11 a.m. Friday.

The CCC is expected to hold public hearings across the state during the week of February 5, with snow dates to be scheduled for the following week. The final regulations are expected to be filed by March 9, ahead of the commission's March 15 statutory deadline.

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