Governor Clarifies Marijuana Laws, Outlaws Synthetic THC

​Last week, Gov. Hickenlooper signed into law a bill clarifying several aspects of the Colorado Medical Marijuana Code. He also signed a bill which adds synthetic cannabinoids and Salvia divinorum to the state’s list of controlled substances, thereby making them illegal.

Sponsored by Sen. Pat Steadman and Rep. Tom Massey, HB 1043 makes changes in many areas of existing legislation. The bill extends the moratorium on new dispensaries until next summer and creates two new licensing classifications affecting primary caregivers and infused products manufacturers, respectively. The full text of the new law is available here.
Responding to concerns about synthetic cannabinoid products sold in convenience stores as incense, Gov. Hickenlooper also signed SB 134, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp, to add synthetic cannabinoids to Colorado’s list of Schedule I controlled substances. This classification puts synthetic cannabinoids—such as “Spice” and “K2”—on the same legal footing as marijuana, but with no exemption from criminal prosecution as licensed medical marijuana users enjoy. The bill also adds Salvia divinorum, a psychoactive plant native to Mexico, to Schedule I.