Governor Polis indicators invoice to remove possession infringements for as much as 2 ounces of marijuana – MJNews Community
COLORADO: Governor Jared Polis signed a bill this week that would increase the amount of cannabis adults can legally own from one ounce to two ounces. It also streamlines the process of sealing records for previous convictions for cannabis possession and extends the authority to seal records to include additional cannabis offenses. The new law comes into force immediately.
In 2012, voters approved Amendment 64, which makes possession of up to one ounce of cannabis legal for adults aged 21 and over under the state constitution. Possession of one to two ounces of cannabis remained illegal as a pre-existing Colorado law made possession of up to two ounces a minor offense.
HB21-1090, sponsored by Rep. Alex Valdez and Senator Julie Gonazales, removes the offense of possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, increasing the legal possession limit from one ounce to two ounces for adults 21 and older. It also preserves the illegal status of possessing cannabis for people under the age of 21.
Aligning the legal ownership limit with the historical classification for ownership offenses at the lowest level is also expected to reduce the administrative burden of sealing records of previous ownership offenses.