A Colorado House committee voted 11-2 Tuesday in favor of House Bill 17-1220, a bill that would definitively limit Colorado home growers to 12 cannabis plants per residential home in an effort to eradicate Colorado’s black market. Colorado residents and medical marijuana patients would be restricted to growing six mature (flowering) plants and six immature (non-flowering) plants.
The bill was just introduced on March 2 and passed by a House committee just five days later, blindsiding Colorado’s medical marijuana patients and caregivers.
Under current Colorado law, residencies are allowed to cultivate up to six plants per person per home; however, many cities like Denver already cap flowering plants at 12. This bill sets a statewide standard and puts an exclamation on that cap and aims to put an end to Colorado’s home growing caregivers. A first-time offense would result in a misdemeanor and a $1,000 fine while a subsequent offense results in a felony.
Currently, medical marijuana doctors in Colorado can hand out extended plant counts which allow Colorado’s more than 19,000 medical marijuana patients — many of whom are home growers — to cultivate as many as…