Colorado allowing tourists to smoke marijuana? Debates heat up

Posted Feb 21, 2013 by Micki Hogan
After the passing of Amendment 64, Colorado now looks to legalize marijuana use for tourists. As the debate heats up, will this become a cash crop or bring scrutiny to the state?
Cannabis plant
Cannabis plant
A recommendation was made last Tuesday by the Colorado State task force members that may give the green light to allow non-Colorado residents to legally smoke marijuana and have it in their possession while in the state.
The debate is about how the new law is written. According to some the law states that any person over the age of 21 can use marijuana legally. They believe the way the law is written does not imply only residents of the state of Colorado can use marijuana, but also anyone over the age of 21 while they are in the state, even on vacation.
According to Kristen Wyatt of the Associated Press, the task force believes this will stop the transfer of marijuana to neighboring states. It was recommended that signs will be placed at airports and bus terminals, and state borders that clearly states that no marijuana can cross the state line.
Imposing a residency requirement would almost certainly create a black market for recreational marijuana in the state," said Rep. Dan Pabon, a member of the state task force.
"Marijuana purchased in Colorado must stay in Colorado. We could attract greater federal scrutiny and displeasure of our neighbors if marijuana flows across state lines." Pabon continued.
The limit of marijuana of non residents would be restricted to a much smaller amount than residents. The suggested limit by the task force for non residents was as small as an "eighth" (3.5 grams) of marijuana.
A resident of Colorado over 21 may have up to an ounce of marijuana. Only residents of Colorado would be allowed to grow in their homes or private property up to six plants as long as the plants are enclosed in a locked and secure area. Exactly what is a locked and enclosed area is another topic of debate.
Colorado and the state of Washington voters will have to be patient as the new laws become more concrete. It is recommended by others familiar with the already booming medical marijuana industry that every resident read the new law once it finalized, including the small print to ensure they do not violate the new law.