Lawmakers introduce, then drop last-minute proposal to repeal Amendment 64

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DENVER — After a legislative session like this, it’s only fitting that the final week starts with a good old-fashioned freak-out.

On Monday night, between debates on legislation to impose a DUID statute and another bill to put in place a regulatory framework for legal marijuana, the two Senate leaders casually dropped a resolution that would overturn Amendment 64 itself.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 would make legal retail sales of marijuana conditional upon Colorado voters approving the marijuana taxation rates that lawmakers have agreed to: a 15 percent excise tax and 10-15 percent sales tax.

If voters don’t approve the taxation scheme, retail sales would be barred as a result of the resolution, which passed out of a senate committee Monday evening.

But then, after a long pow-wow, the Senate decided not to add the bill to the second reading calendar, effectively killing it, but only after every lobbyist and lawmaker in the building with a skin in the Amendment 64 game almost lost their lunch.

The resolution would have needed a two-thirds majority in each chamber to approve the resolution.