Dried and ground marijuana trimmings are loaded and ready for the CO2 extraction process to make concentrated honey hash oil at Organa Labs in Denver. (Joe Amon, Denver Post file)

Bill regulating pot concentrates advances in Colo. Senate

A measure that focuses on marijuana concentrates advanced out of a Senate committee Thursday, while a separate measure dealing with past pot convictions faltered.

House Bill 1361 requires the Colorado Department of Revenue to address how much marijuana concentrate can be sold by a licensed business. Current law limits sales of marijuana from plants to 1 ounce. However, it does not address how much concentrate can be sold.

“I see this bill as a consumer honesty bill, as a consumer safety bill, so people know how much marijuana they’re receiving,” said Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, who is the Senate sponsor of the bill.

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The measure sailed through the House earlier this month with no opposition.

Meanwhile, a bill that would allow those previously convicted of marijuana offenses now legal under Amendment 64 to seal their records was killed in the Senate’s Appropriations committee.

The vote came less than 24 hours after the bill’s co-sponsors, Sens. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, and Jessie Ulibarri, D-Westminster, pushed it through the Senate’s Judiciary Committee.

Groups such as the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council and the attorney general’s office offered reservations about the possible legislation.

They argued it would create a bad precedent by retrofitting criminal sanctions for past conduct each time a new law is changed.

Kurtis Lee: 303-954-1655, klee@denverpost.com or twitter.com/kurtisalee

Staff writer Anthony Cotton contributed to this report.

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