One of Kempe’s top priorities during the 2017 legislative session included closing loopholes in Colorado’s medical marijuana laws that led to illegal diversion of marijuana out of state, dangerous marijuana home grows, and growing challenges in the ability of law enforcement to respond to these concerns. The Kempe Foundation joined a coalition led by the Governor’s Office and including law enforcement agencies, the public health community, and other county and city agencies to introduce two pieces of legislation designed to close these loopholes.

HB 1220 capped the number of marijuana plants allowed to be grown in a residential home at 12 unless a caregiver registers with their local and state government. The bill also put in place criminal consequences for growing more plants than the cap allows.

HB 1221 created a grant program for law enforcement agencies in communities with fewer than 200,000 residents to be used for marijuana enforcement.

Kempe’s John Faught joined Governor Hickenlooper at the bill signing for HB 1220 and HB 1221 on Thursday, June 8. Kempe applauds legislators for taking these important steps towards closing loopholes that have allowed the dangerous marijuana gray market to flourish in Colorado.

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