Troubling news on marijuana rules

As the Colorado Legislature and state agencies work to put in place a regulatory framework for managing marijuana retailers under the constitutional amendment approved last November by voters, there’s troubling news on another pot front.

According to a just-released audit of the division that is supposed to manage medical marijuana in the state, the division’s oversight of medical marijuana has been about as lackadaisical as stoners on a television binge.

According to The Denver Post, the audit identified problems with fee setting, strategic planning and expense control.

Additionally, the audit determined that the division also spent $1.1 million in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 to develop a marijuana plant tracking system but was unable to pay a contractor the remaining $400,000 to implement the system due to financial difficulties.

And, it said, the agency doesn’t review a dozen different tracking forms it requires medical marijuana businesses to submit, including travel manifests that show when a business transports medical marijuana plants or products.

If a state agency, working within rules established by the Legislature two years ago, still can’t manage what it was assigned to do, it doesn’t bode well for developing an effective means to regulate recreational marijuana growers and retailers.


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