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Prohibit Professional Discipline For Marijuana

Concerning a prohibition on a regulator imposing discipline against a person based on certain activities involving marijuana.
2023 Regular Session
Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

The act protects an individual applying for licensure, certification, or registration in a profession or occupation in Colorado (applicant), as well as a professional who is currently licensed, certified, or registered in a profession or occupation in Colorado (licensee), from having the license, certification, or registration denied to the applicant, or from discipline being imposed against the licensee, based solely on:

  • A civil or criminal judgment against the applicant or licensee regarding the consumption, possession, cultivation, or processing of marijuana, if the underlying actions were lawful and consistent with professional conduct and standards of care within Colorado and did not otherwise violate Colorado law; or
  • Previous professional disciplinary action concerning an applicant's or a licensee's professional licensure in this or any other state or United States territory, if the professional disciplinary action was based solely on the applicant's or licensee's consumption, possession, cultivation, or processing of marijuana and the applicant or licensee did not otherwise violate Colorado law.

APPROVED by Governor May 24, 2023

EFFECTIVE May 24, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    05/24/2023 Signed Act PDF
    05/05/2023 Final Act PDF
    05/01/2023 Rerevised PDF
    04/29/2023 Revised PDF
    04/20/2023 Reengrossed PDF
    04/19/2023 Engrossed PDF
    04/03/2023 Introduced PDF

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details