She Called Colorados Generous Plant Limits A Big Regulatory Loophole For Black-market Drug Operations.

The large-scale grows are inviting federal scrutiny because its too hard to tell if those plants are being legally sold, 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 Colorados 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 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. The change would also affect recreational pot users who band together to grow pot, sometimes to share expenses, sometimes because they prefer not colorado marijuana to grow the plant at home. Becker pointed out that collective pot growing could still be allowed, just not on property zoned residential.

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