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Colorado Senate passes various marijuana bills

The Colorado Senate on Monday passed several Republican bills proponents say would address issues with marijuana policy, increase public safety and create workforce pathways.

Senate Bill 178, sponsored by Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, would prohibit a court from barring medical marijuana patients from using marijuana while out on bond, according to a news release from the Colorado Senate Republicans.

"This is a clean-up expanding upon existing law that allows the use of medical marijuana while on parole or probation," Marble said in the release. "It is important to remember that medical marijuana patients released on bond have not been convicted of a crime. No judge should have the authority to overturn a doctor's medical order."

Senate Bill 178 must be heard in the Senate on third reading before potentially moving to the House. Marble represents part of Weld County.

House Bill 1034, carried by Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, would align laws for medical marijuana licenses with the retail marijuana code and potentially allow medical facilities to move their license across Colorado, according to the release.

"This is a commonsense fix to align the licensing process for two similar business models selling the same produces," Baumgardner said. "Reducing barriers and creating a uniform code is one way to help small businesses flourish, no matter the product."

House Bill 1034 will move to the governor's desk for final approval.

Senate Bill 187, sponsored by Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa, would allow non-residents to apply for occupational marijuana licenses, according to the news release.

"We have a new frontier industry here in Colorado in which young people from other states are looking to Colorado for education and guidance," Crowder said. "Students and folks in our state temporarily, hoping to learn more about this unique market as they complete their education need a legal pathway to enter their chosen field.

Senate Bill 187 will move to the House for consideration.