Bills to improve state cannabis laws await governor’s signature



Last update: May 29, 2018


The General Assembly continued the second of its two-year legislative session earlier this year, which wrapped up May 9. As in recent years, lawmakers again considered a long list of cannabis-related bills, with a few advancing to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper for his signature.

One of the more notable bills to pass was HB 1187, which would ensure that while federal regulators might approve CBD or other cannabis-related products, Colorado’s own system would remain unaffected. Another bill, HB 1422, would require testing labs to meet certain international standards adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission. And HB 1011 would allow smaller or less-involved investors in cannabis businesses to forego some of the early background check requirements.

A revision to the state’s medical marijuana law also passed. HB 1263 would add two new conditions to the list of qualifying medical conditions, acute pain and autism. Like those mentioned above, the bill awaits the governor’s signature to become law.

Unfortunately, a bill that would have allowed limited home delivery of cannabis products for adults, and another that would have established locations where adults could consume in regulated locations, did not advance this year.

Families find hope high in the Rocky Mountains


In the summer of 2013, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta released a documentary about medical marijuana called Weed, featuring a CBD-rich cannabis oil that could save lives. The oil successfully treated seizures caused by intractable epilepsy, which sometimes occur hundreds of times per day. Soon, more than a hundred families flocked to Colorado, most with a child suffering from similar seizures. They called themselves “medical refugees,” and Colorado’s medical cannabis was their last hope.

If you or someone you know would like to become a registered medical marijuana patient in Colorado, please visit the Department of Public Health and Environment’s website for a list of frequently asked questions, application information, and materials.