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Law Loophole Can Mean Big Marijuana Surplus in Colorado

Staff CMM - Friday, June 08, 2012
Medical marijuana in Colorado has become a big business over the last few years and recently, it seems to have become a business for the black market as well. Caregivers who grow for patients are allowed to have three mature plants and two ounces of usable marijuana per patient at any given time, but many times those plants can yield much more than the usable two ounces. Under ideal conditions, many of these plants can yield more than a pound per plant, leaving the caregiver with a large surplus of marijuana to dispose of. As long as the surplus remains on the plan, it is legal under the Colorado state laws. However, once it is harvested, it becomes illegal and this is when caregivers are turning to the black market rather than being stuck with the surplus. Staff attorneys for the Colorado General Assembly say they are aware of the loophole, but as of yet, a solution has not been presented. Regulating the number of plants will not completely address the problem because the surplus issue will still remain.
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