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How one three-letter word in new Colorado law will make marijuana enforcement harder

Language lapse in marijuana licensing bill limits the state's ability to rely on pesticide test results

June 15, 2017

Coordinating conjunctions matter in how Colorado’s cannabis laws should function.

An “and” instead of an “or” nearly killed a bid to bolster Colorado’s role in medical marijuana research.

The language lapse did, however, manage to fling a monkey wrench in how the state enforces cannabis pesticide regulations.

“(Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division) will be unable to initiate enforcement actions triggered by failed testing unless the law is changed,” Gov. John Hickenlooper wrote in a June 7 letter to Colorado House of Representatives members.

The phrasing blunder was introduced in a last-minute addition to House Bill 1367 — a measure drawn up to create a licensing system for medical marijuana research, effectively opening the doors for private-public projects.