Published: Feb 14, 2018, 1:28 pm • Updated: Feb 14, 2018, 1:28 pm
A bill to create a marijuana delivery pilot program in Colorado rolled through a key legislative committee Wednesday.
The House Finance Committee on an 8 – 5 vote advanced House Bill 1092, which would establish an 18-month pilot project allowing for home-delivered medical and recreational cannabis.
As initially written, the state licensing authority could enter into up to three memorandums of understanding with municipalities to allow marijuana delivery in those jurisdictions, according to the bill text as introduced Jan. 18. The memorandum of understanding could allow multiple municipalities to comprise a contiguous jurisdiction, according to the bill text.
Proponents on Wednesday trumpeted the bill’s potential to decrease incidences of DUIs as well as black- and gray-market activity of delivery sales that are occurring on websites such as Craigslist.
Legislators are taking “reasonable, measured steps,” said Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, a bill co-sponsor.
Opponents expressed concern about this bill resulting in more points of access for marijuana resulting in issues such as heightened crime, diversion as well as access by children.
Speaking in opposition of the bill were representatives of the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police Colorado Counties Incorporated and Smart Colorado.
“You can’t have a dispensary within a certain distance of a school, but you can deliver — like a sub sandwich — marijuana to the house next to that school,” said Major Steve Garcia, speaking on behalf of the Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.
The bill’s language is similar to some of the marijuana delivery provisions included in legislation proposed last year. They were scrapped after Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper expressed reticence about such a proposal. Marijuana delivery would be a