Amendment 64 legalized both possession and sales of recreational marijuana, and in the coming legislative session, the state must begin enacting regulations for would-be sales people. And Rep.-elect Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, is one of 24 people assigned to a state task force that will look at issues surrounding the industry and possible regulations.
Nordberg, a former staffer for Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn, was appointed by the incoming state House Minority Leader, Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs. Nordberg will be the only legislator from Colorado Springs on the task force.
Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, appointed Sen. Cheri Jahn, a Democrat from Wheat Ridge. Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, appointed Sen.-elect Vicki Marble, from Larimer County. And Speaker of the House appointed Rep. Dan Pabon, a Denver Democrat.
The rest of the task force is comprised of different stakeholders, including representatives from the medical marijuana industry, Colorado Counties Inc., the Colorado Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice, and many more.
Those wanting to sell recreational marijuana will be able to start applying for business licenses in January 2014, and the General Assembly has to prepare for that. The task force was created by Gov. John Hickenlooper, in an executive order he signed on Monday, the same day he signed Amendment 64 into the state Constitution.
The order says that the task force’s aim is to “provide for the responsible development of the new marijuana laws,” and said the task will be used to “coordinate and create a regulatory structure that promotes the health and safety of the people of Colorado.”
All of the task force’s meetings will be open to the public, and residents are encouraged to contribute their thoughts. The task force’s first meeting will be Dec. 17, in Golden. It will be held at the Department of Revenue Gaming Conference room, at 17301 W. Colfax.
The full task force: