While legalization is a seemingly simple concept,

in Colorado we have learned the nuances of condoning a previously illicit drug beginning with our medical marijuana market in 2000. This was a relatively new concept at the time with only seven other states having such a marketplace. Many subsequent audits found the Colorado medical marijuana market to be insufficiently funded and inadequately regulated. Regardless of the lack of a proper framework, Colorado forged ahead to vote in favor of recreational marijuana a mere 12 years after marijuana for medicinal use had been implemented. We have now seen the many unintended consequences that have followed a hasty regulatory system including off the chart THC potency levels, accidental ingestion by our children, and tragically two deaths. Smart Colorado hopes other states will look to our experiences when deciding on legalization and to always keep our children’s health and safety as a guiding principal.




May 8, 2018 The Honorable John W. Hickenlooper Governor, State of Colorado 136 State Capitol Denver, CO  80203 RE:  Request for Veto: HB18-1258 Dear Governor Hickenlooper: We are writing to respectfully request that you veto the above-referenced bill.


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