Some cannabis bills pass in 2018, others fall short
Last update: November 5, 2018
The General Assembly wrapped up the second part of its two-year legislative session earlier this year on May 9. As in recent years, lawmakers again considered a long list of cannabis-related bills, with a few passing into law.
One of the more notable bills this year was HB 1187, which will ensure that while federal regulators might approve CBD or other cannabis-related products, Colorado’s own system will remain unaffected. Another bill, HB 1422, requires testing labs to meet certain international standards adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission. And HB 1011 allows smaller or less-involved investors in cannabis businesses to forego some of the early background check requirements.
Unfortunately, HB 1263, a bill that would have added two new conditions to the list of qualifying medical conditions, including acute pain and autism, was vetoed by the governor and will not become law. Another bill allowing limited home delivery of cannabis products for adults and legislation that would have established regulated locations where adults could consume marijuana 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.