US (CO): Cannabis regulation bill sails through the legislature

More than seven years after recreational cannabis shops opened in Colorado, the state legislature is sending a unified message of concern about what high-potency products might do to young people.

Lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to HB21-1317, the most sweeping regulatory bill for the cannabis industry since legalization. It faced almost no resistance in either chamber, passing 56-8 in the House and 35-0 in the Senate.

The bill moves now to Gov. Jared Polis, a longtime advocate for legalized cannabis and an ally of the industry. His office declined to say whether he will sign the bill into law.

This bill would direct the Colorado School of Public Health to analyze existing research “related to the physical and mental health effects of high-potency THC cannabis and concentrates” — and its results could inform future policy decisions at the Capitol.


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