Have you ever been at a cannabis themed event in Colorado and wished it was possible to legally purchase a few grams of your favorite strain, and consume it on site too. Well, that desire could quite plausibly become a reality thanks to a bill that was recently introduced by Representative Dominick Moreno. Said bill, HB 1092, would bring into being a contemporary type of license which would permit state licensed cannabis dispensaries to sell their products onsite at special events that are restricted to adults, age 21 and older. Representative Moreno argues that Coloradans voted to legalize the consumption marijuana for recreational purposes under the impression that it would regulate the substance similar to alcohol.
If cannabis is indeed meant to be taxed and regulated almost identically to alcohol under Amendment 64, then Representative Moreno’s argument is truly well founded. It’s not as if his request is even remotely close to unconventional, he simply sees his legislative appeal as being a logical possibility in the progression of legalized cannabis. Not to mention the fact that Moreno’s bill is designed to generate a “special use permit process” which would be equivalent to the one that is already in existence in Colorado for alcohol. To have a law like the one Moreno has proposed on the books would be colossal. But there could be a little snag in respect to consuming a recently acquired sack of cannabis while still in attendance at the event where you purchased it.Although HB 1092 would leave it up to the jurisdiction that issued the event’s permit to decide whether or not cannabis can be consumed openly onsite, Amendment 64’s language states otherwise.
Well, sort of anyway. Amendment 64 did legalize the consumption of cannabis for adults age 21 and over, however, the implemented law’s language does not clearly identify the authorization of cannabis to be consumed “openly and publicly”. That particular unclarified specification has by and large been construed as meaning that cannabis is to be consumed in the privacy of your residence and pretty much nowhere else in the state. And even though the onsite consumption of cannabis does take place at a large number of cannabis themed events in Colorado, the state’s law enforcement officials still view it to be unlawful.In addition to legalizing onsite cannabis sales at jurisdiction permitted events, Moreno’s bill would also require that “sandwiches or other food snacks must be available during all hours of service of retail marijuana or retail marijuana products, but prepared meals need not be served”. How cool is that? Maybe Representative Moreno was a cannabis consumer in a former life and knows a thing or two about the need to satisfy a cannabis themed event attendee’s raging case of the “munchies”. Either way he’s got the right idea. Rock on, Representative Moreno!