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After almost disappearing during a lengthy debate over the potency of legal marijuana products, a bill solidifying medical marijuana and dispensary practices embraced during the COVID-19 pandemic survived an early vote in a legislative committee.
Both telemedicine for medical marijuana patients and online ordering of legal pot have been allowed in Colorado for over a year, thanks to executive orders issued by Governor Jared Polis in March 2020. Those orders will eventually end, but Representative Matt Gray’s House Bill 1058 proposes to make the practices permanent. Still, the measure has a long hill to climb.
Gray’s bill, which was introduced nearly three months ago, could still become ensnared in an ongoing debate over the amount of THC in commercial marijuana concentrates. While a draft of a measure to limit potency was leaked to Westword early in the session, such a bill has not been introduced. Now there are whispers of a compromise coming in the form of concentrate packaging restrictions and required suicide toxicology reporting on marijuana use,