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Last week, members of the Independent editorial team sat down with Rep. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, and Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, a Boulder Democrat and newly elected Speaker of the state House of Representatives. Naturally, the lawmakers were asked what the coming year holds for marijuana. We've previously reported potential laws that seek to further separate children and edibles, hinder the black market, and force recreational users with medical cards into the recreational market.
"I think another one," says Lee, "in the criminal justice area, I've heard some rumblings that we should take a look at some of the situations where people have been convicted of offenses for things which are now legal. And so I think there will be some bills coming up in that area as well."
Hullinghorst says she expects to deal with cannabis bills every session.
"I compare it to the regulation of alcohol: Still we have bills, every year, on regulation of alcohol, and we will see this on marijuana from here on out," she says. "We will always have to be tweaking how this is implemented as we learn about the issues, and what the problems are, and how it all comes together."
Have you heard?
On Monday, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launched a $5.7 million multilingual radio, print and digital-media ad campaign. Called Good to Know Colorado (goodtoknowcolorado.com), its aim is to educate Coloradans about recreational marijuana. The website includes statements like "Public sphere is not the place. It's illegal to use marijuana in public," and "What you get here can't go out there. It's illegal to take marijuana out of state."
Prepare your parts: Foria — "the original cannabis-infused sensual enhancement oil," according to a press release — is launching in Colorado at Aspen's Native Roots dispensary (308 S. Hunter St., Aspen, nativeroots303.com) during the X-Games on Jan. 21.
"Cannabis is known to promote relaxation and blood flow and also to affect the receptors in the brain responsible for tactile sensation and euphoria," says the release. "Women report that Foria stimulates deeper, more accessible orgasms, improves lubrication and enhances sensation."
For the moment, accessible orgasms are only available in Aspen (and California).
Talking trees in Lone Tree
Note that heavyweights like Gov. John Hickenlooper, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and departing Attorney General John Suthers will speak at a Jan. 14-16 national conference called Marijuana Impact on Public Health and Safety in Colorado. The three-day event will be held at the Lone Tree Performing Arts Center (10075 Common St., Lone Tree, colochiefs.org), and registration is $325.