Colorado House Committee Limits Number of Home-Grown Marijuana Plants

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A committee in the Colorado House has voted to restrict the number of home-grown marijuana plants to 12, according to a March 7, 2017, article from the Associated Press. The committee voted 11-2 for the limitation.

Currently, Colorado’s medical-marijuana users are allowed to have up to 99 plants at home, while recreational users can have six, which can be placed in large greenhouses operated by co-ops. That makes Colorado the most-liberal home-growing state among the 28 that allow medical marijuana.

But legislators like state Rep. Cole Wist, a Republican from Centennial, Colo., believe the home-growing rules make crime too easy.

“Colorado home-grow laws position Colorado as an attractive market for criminal operations,” Wist said.

Others, like Detective Jim Lenderts of the Fort Collins, Colo., police department, said odors and strains on the power supply, which creates a fire hazard, make the permissive growing laws a problem.

“We’re not here to deprive anyone of medicine…our concern is the effect that it has on neighborhoods,” Lenderts said.

Mark Bolton, marijuana adviser to Gov. John Hickenlooper, said Colorado needs demonstrate its ability to regulate pot during “uncertainty at the federal level.”

But Ashley Weber, head of Colorado NORML, said a new limit on home-growing is “re-criminalizing something that’s already legal here in Colorado.”

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