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Bipartisan bill would create stricter regulations for medical marijuana industry

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- A Colorado Bill making its way through the legislature would limit the amount of marijuana concentrates patients could buy and also change the way those products are sold.

This week House Bill 1317 passed unanimously in the House Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Committee. Both Democrats and Republicans support the bill, saying it is mostly aimed at education and studying high potency marijuana.

“The bill seeks to research and understand that, it seeks to set some safety rails and guard rails around what’s going around currently," says Republican Senator Paul Lundeen of the Ninth District.

At a press conference, many speakers of the bill discussed issues they've seen with high THC products. Saying marijuana concentrates are creating problems for high school students who are getting their hands on it. Lundeen says there have been cases of teenagers having psychotic breaks who have taken high potency marijuana.

“The bill seeks to research and understand that," Lundeen says, "it seeks to set some safety rails and guard rails around what’s going around currently.”

If signed by the Governor as is, it would create more restrictions for medical marijuana users between 18 and 20-years-old. Two physicians from different practices would have to diagnose the patient and that patient would have to attend follow-up appointments every six months after their initial visit. The bill would also only allow those specific patients to purchase up to two grams of marijuana concentrates in a day.

However, the bill would also impact medical marijuana users who are 21 and older. As of now, they can purchase 40 grams of concentrates a day. This bill would limit that to eight grams a day. Not only that, but it would also change the packaging for those products. Lundeen says, “A gram of high potency THC instead of being sold as a chunk a gram it would be, based on this bill, be broken down into ten one-tenth of a gram portion."

Patients who want to purchase a total of eight grams would receive 80 containers, which would be double the amount they get now with purchasing 40 grams.

“It’s going to kill business," says Kaleigh Patten a budtender at Bobby Brown Best Buds in Colorado Springs. She and other medical shops say because of so many extra containers, it's going to cost suppliers more to create and that cost will be passed down to customers. “Then the patients are going to spending even more than all of us," Patten says.

Storage concerns are also an issue for shops. For businesses buying grams in bulk, 100 grams would turn into 1,000 packages.

Chase Golightly

Chase is a reporter and an anchor for our weekend evening newscasts. Learn more about Chase here.



  1. I would love to see actual statistics on psychotic breaks in students from marijuana use. Otherwise, this claim hearkens back to the film “Reefer Madness” shown in schools in the 50s and 60s, which has long been deemed propaganda and thus discredited.

    1. yea I would like to see written data. case descriptions as well.
      I also call BS on psychotic breakdowns. Unless someone was giving dabs to a small child.
      They made my dispensary pull almost all their flower off the shelf while each strain went through a “potency” test. Be aware there is also talk in the legislature about the way they might re-classify “potency” and CHARGE MORE.

      I do not see ANY mention of issues with teenage ALCOHOL ABUSE – this is a highly PRO-ALcohol state and I am sure they are not going to rock that boat.

  2. I guess concentrate sales are going to go down the toilet.
    I was never quite sure of how “medicinal” dabs really were.
    the best mj is the strain that’s right for you and your issue.

  3. Just more needless government overreach and control by all the psychomaniacs in the government. If they are not writing bills to take away people’s freedom they must feel they’re not doing their jobs.

  4. If they ban concentrates then people will go back to making their own and there will be a return to all the explosions that took place in homes and apartments from the process. Also people will return to buying from the black market sources high potency MJ.
    Do you remember those days, Pepperidge Farm does.

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