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S_BLT_2016A 05/03/2016 01:11:08 PM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS, LABOR, & TECHNOLOGY

Date: 05/03/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:11 PM to 02:39 PM
Baumgardner
X
Heath
X
Place: SCR 354
Hodge
X
Jahn
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Neville T.
X
Senator Holbert
Newell
X
Tate
*
This Report was prepared by
Woods
X
Jeanette Chapman
Holbert
X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
HB16-1079

HB16-1427
Postponed Indefinitely

Referred to the Committee of the Whole





01:11 PM -- HB 16-1079



Senator Steadman introduced House Bill 16-1079, concerning organic cannabis products. The bill directs the Commissioner of Agriculture to promulgate rules, in consultation with the Marijuana Enforcement Division, for a program to enable consumers to identify organic retail and medical marijuana. The Colorado Department of Agriculture will certify third parties that can determine whether the marijuana that is cultivated or processed at a particular licensed premises is organic. In addition, the bill allows marijuana product labels to include a standardized notification that the marijuana has been certified as organic. Senator Steadman responded to questions from the committee.



01:19 PM -- Sarah Clark, Smart Colorado, spoke in opposition to the bill.



01:22 PM --
Shawn Coleman, 36 Solutions, spoke in support of the bill. He responded to questions from the committee.



01:31 PM --
Jason Worf, Southern Colorado Cannabis Council, spoke in support of the bill.



01:34 PM --
Ben Gelt, Organic Cannabis Association, spoke in support of the bill. He responded to questions from the committee.



01:47 PM --
Tyler Henson, Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, spoke in support of the bill.





01:49 PM --
Mitch Yergert, Colorado Department of Agriculture, responded to questions from the committee.

BILL: HB16-1079
TIME: 01:54:23 PM
MOVED: Hodge
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1079 to the Committee on Finance. The motion failed on a vote of 4-5.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Baumgardner
No
Heath
Yes
Hodge
Yes
Jahn
Yes
Neville T.
No
Newell
Yes
Tate
No
Woods
No
Holbert
No
YES: 4 NO: 5 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL
BILL: HB16-1079
TIME: 01:58:10 PM
MOVED: Woods
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 16-1079 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 5-4.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Baumgardner
Yes
Heath
No
Hodge
No
Jahn
No
Neville T.
Yes
Newell
No
Tate
Yes
Woods
Yes
Holbert
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 4 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS











01:58 PM -- HB 16-1427



Senator Hill introduced House Bill 16-1427, concerning multi-serving liquid marijuana products. Under current law, a retail marijuana store may not sell more than one ounce of retail marijuana or its equivalent to Colorado residents and no more than a quarter ounce of retail marijuana or its equivalent to non-residents. This bill exempts multi-serving liquid retail marijuana products from the equivalency restrictions if the product complies with all statutory and rule packaging requirements for multi-serving edibles. The multi-serving liquid must:

  • be packaged in a structure that uses a single mechanism to achieve both child-resistance and accurate pouring dosing of each liquid serving in increments of 10 milligrams or less with a maximum of 100 milligrams per package; and
  • have the dosing component within the child-resistance cap or closure of the bottle and not as a separate component.



Senator Hill provided a handout to the committee (Attachment A).



160503 AttachA.pdf160503 AttachA.pdf



02:01 PM --
Sarah Clark, Smart Colorado, spoke in opposition to the bill. She provided two handouts to the committee (Attachments B & C). She responded to questions from the committee.



160503 AttachB.pdf160503 AttachB.pdf160503 AttachC.pdf160503 AttachC.pdf



02:13 PM --
Joe Hodas, Dixie Brands, spoke in support of the bill. He responded to questions from the committee.





02:36 PM



Senator Hill made comments on the committee discussion.

BILL: HB16-1427
TIME: 02:38:00 PM
MOVED: Holbert
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1427 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 6-3.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Baumgardner
Yes
Heath
No
Hodge
Yes
Jahn
No
Neville T.
Yes
Newell
No
Tate
Yes
Woods
Yes
Holbert
Yes
Final YES: 6 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



02:38 PM



The committee adjourned.


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