FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30th, 2019
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COLORADO GOVERNOR SIGNS BLATANT GIVEAWAY TO MARIJUANA INDUSTRY INTO LAW
(Denver, CO) – Yesterday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed six bills into law that greatly loosen regulations on the marijuana industry in the state. Marijuana Accountability Coalition (MAC) spokesman Luke Niforatos released the following statement in response:
“When Coloradans voted for Amendment 64, we were told the industry would be responsibly regulated to protect us. Since then, the industry has done everything in its power to load our government with allies and roll back those regulations. The governor’s signature on these bills is just one more example of our state bending to the demands of the marijuana industry.
“Allowing for home delivery presents several issues, most notably that it directly undermines the will of communities in the state that have banned marijuana sales as they were allowed to under Amendment 64. Signing HB 1230 into law trounces the Clear Indoor Air Act, allowing for use of marijuana in bars, restaurants, and public spaces. This also presents a considerable danger as it could lead to increased impaired drivers on our roads, a scourge our state is already experiencing due to legalization.
“By allowing marijuana companies to be publicly traded, the governor has effectively signed a blank check to the industry by giving the go ahead to massively increased investment in the industry. This will allow the industry to greatly expand its marketing of kid-friendly, high potency gummies, candies, and ice creams that are fueling skyrocketing rates of emergency room visits and are linked with severe mental illness. It is time for our government to represent the people of Colorado, not Big Marijuana.”
About MAC: The Marijuana Accountability Coalition (MAC) is a coalition made up of individuals and organizations united for one common purpose: to fearlessly investigate, expose, challenge, and hold the marijuana industry accountable. If you care about the future of Colorado and holding Big Tobacco 2.0 (The Marijuana Industry) accountable, please join us.
About SAM: Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states.