Mar 13, 2013 7:37 PM by Siera Santos,

Marijuana task force releases recommendation report

The Marijuana Task Force made their final recommendations in a report released Wednesday.

The report contains the basic framework for how Colorado implement recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over. It outlines everything from automated vending machines to the sale of large food items like a pot pizza or cake.

Some of the highlights include a new statesome of the highlights include a new state Marijuana Enforcement Division. Another recommendation allows for the purchase of marijuana by people visiting colorado, not just Colorado residents. The reasoning behind the move is to curb strawbuying.

As far as licensing for cultivation and sales, the power lies in local governments to decide. The Task Force also recommends that for the first year of licensing only those businesses who already have a medical marijuana license or applied for one by Dec. 10, 2012 would be able to deal recreational pot.

"It's going to make a lot more sense to have those who were in the industry already migrating over as other businesses begin to get their business plans in place and begin to think about what they want to do," said Barbara Brohl, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Driving with marijuana may be similar to re-corked wine in the open alcohol container laws. Because packaging differs, it must be out of the driver's reach.

In a statement, Gov. Hickenlooper commended the Marijuana Task Force for their speedy action. It's now up to elected officials to adapt the recommendations and make them law.



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