Marijuana legislation passes Senate, heads to governor

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DENVER — On the final morning of a chaotic and controversial legislative session, the state Senate took swift action on two bills to implement legal marijuana, making Colorado the first state in the country to take this historic step.

House Bill 1317, which imposes a regulatory framework, passed the Senate on a vote of 29-6.

House Bill 1318, which sets tax rates that must be approved by voters, passed 25-10.

Both bills must go back to the House for concurrence with Senate changes, but that’s a mere formality at this point; the heavy lifting is done.

Lawmakers were somewhat split on how to strike a delicate balance on the tax rates so that sufficient revenue will be generated to cover the costs of implementation but not so high that consumers will continue to feed the black market.

On Tuesday, lawmakers finally passed House Bil 1325, which will set a five nano-gram marijuana bloodstream limit for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs.

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