Colorado’s tourists would be able to buy as much marijuana as residents, if a bill moving through the state Legislature passes.
The measure repeals Colorado’s unique-in-the-nation tiered purchasing system for marijuana. All adults over 21 here are allowed to possess an ounce of marijuana — but retail pot shops can’t sell more than a quarter ounce in one day to people without Colorado IDs.
The purchasing limits were established in 2013 to prevent marijuana diversion out of state. Lawmakers figured that visiting tourists wouldn’t blaze through a full ounce before heading home. An ounce of pot is sometimes compared to a keg of beer because it’s difficult for most users to finish in a few days.
“We don’t want people taking it out of state,” said Sen. Cheri Jahn, a Democrat sponsoring a bill that includes the change. “What we found was, that’s really not happening.”
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