The state of Colorado has without a doubt been the pioneers when it comes to legalized marijuana. Although due to recent criminal crackdowns and fear of the black market of cannabis rising Colorado legislators are considering making some changes. Colorado is planning a state legislation which will be designed to crackdown on cannabis grown legally, but then sold illegally on the black market. Colorado medical patients are currently allowed to grow up to 99 plants and recreational users can grow up to 6 plants. Which all of these plants are not tracked or taxed. This makes it almost impossible for cops to tell the difference between legitimate growers from black market fronts.
One cannabis plant can produce anywhere from 2 ounces to 20 ounces, depending on how it is grown and its conditions. That equates to anywhere from $300-$6,000 profit per plant in the black market. Which if you do the math on that it equals out to anywhere from $1,800-$600,000 approximately being made by the black market, untracked and untaxed.
In recreational states more people may turn to buying from the black market so they can avoid paying taxes from any dispensary. Although there will always be black market in any state, it might be up to Colorado to test out how to fix this problem before too many states become recreational and run into the same problem.
Colorado proposals include a ban on group recreational grows, as well as requirements for those who grow medical marijuana. In 2017 Colorado would like to have a statewide limit to 12 plants per household. Also they would require caregivers to track where their plants and cannabis are going. Colorado regulators want to step up and show the feds that Colorado is not letting weed go into other states, as well as showing how well they can regulate marijuana.
Both Nebraska and Oklahoma have already sued Colorado due to the state allegedly not keeping marijuana within its own borders. Six large criminal raids prove as evidence that there are black market dealers within the state. But marijuana activists positions on the subject say that Colorado is just attempting to boost taxes. This means it will make it harder to grow pot rather than buying it from the store.
Colorado regulators clearly have their hands full with this subject. But Colorado has been the great pioneers for the United States with how recreational marijuana will go. So they have many states eyes on them with what to do and how to effectively do it. Sometimes it is all about trial and error, and not everyone will be happy. In the end it is all about what is best for the state and the people in it.