Patient Advocates Say Increased Tax Revenue Is The Real Goal Of The Change.

Colorado currently allows medical pot patients to grow up to 99 plants, far beyond other marijuana states, and it also allows recreational users to group their allotted six plants into massive co-ops, entire greenhouses of pot that aren’t tracked or taxed. The large-scale grows are inviting federal scrutiny because it’s too hard to tell if those plants are being legally sold and not sold on the black market, said Rep. KC Becker, a Boulder Democrat who is sponsor of the bill. “Colorado has a target on its back in terms of these large-scale grows,” Becker said Monday. She called Colorado’s generous plant limits a “big regulatory loophole” for black-market drug operations. But the change would effectively force some medical marijuana patients to buy from a licensed grower instead of growing their own plants. Colorado has about 19,000 medical marijuana patients whose doctors have recommended more than six plants. Some cannabis treatments, especially oils used by people suffering from frequent seizures, require great quantities of raw marijuana to produce. Patient advocates say increased tax revenue is the real goal of the change. Though medical pot in Colorado is taxed at just 2.9 percent far lower colorado marijuana than recreational pot taxes, which start at about 37 percent the state still made more than $12.8 million in medical pot taxes and fees last fiscal year.

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