That will be followed by consideration of a bill on food concessions in government buildings.
It is being superseded by the first Gannon amendment, which is the Gov Ops Committee proposal from this year.
And after that, the spending proposal from the Appropriations committee.
Each amendment will be debated separately.
Good time to grab a beverage if you're on the livestream.
It would also create a (mostly volunteer) advisory panel to assist that board in various technical aspects.
The board would be appointed by the Gov, w legislative input
The bill says that people cannot be denied a license or work permit based on criminal histories unless they pose a *current* threat to public safety.
This is modeled on the City of San Francisco, which does a great job IMO.
I.e., "we know you're already growing, we won't make you wait"
This is an attempt to balance public safety and civil liberties.
The Senate has rejected this idea several times, likely to do so again.
The bill would impose a 14% excise tax, and the state's 6% sales tax, on cannabis sales.
Towns with 1% sales tax would apply that, too.
This would imply $60m of regulated market sales, which is about 1/3 of the total annual spending estimated by RAND in 2015.
Rep. Lanpher has historically voted against legalization, but has come to believe that regulation is the right approach now that legalization has happened.
Cynthia Browning is interrogating Sam Young on why the Ways and Means Committee (on which they both serve) eliminated a local tax.
Young: By law, that requires legislative approval.
It's going to be a long day.
The answer is that the state has some $300m in the bank at any time, and they'd be writing an IOU to that "account".
Works like a tax on advertising, @OglesbyPat ought to love this one.
Most of these are technical in nature, but there are two "big" points.
1) Doubles the "craft" grow size from 500 to 1000 sq ft.
2) Limits edibles to 50mg per package (still 5mg per serving)
I like it.
Wants to know whether a sign affixed to a dispensary could be considered advertising under certain circumstances.
Gannon: Was originally 30%, but lobbyists asked for 15%.
Gannon: Put a lock on it.
Gannon: standard process, yes they'll pay like everyone else does.
Gannon: No -- but the body just passed an amendment permitting fees.
Gannon: Illicit market vaping products are a big concern, Vitamin E Acetate seems to be the cause of injuries and deaths, regulating production is the way to fight that.
Gannon: Fee to NCIS is paid by Control Board, but application fees will be set to cover that.
Gannon: Board will destroy records immediately after review.
Notte will support the bill, but strongly urges adoption of a local tax to support municipal expenses.
Walz speaking eloquently of the benefits of regulation and control - consumer protection, public safety. Refers to the failures of alcohol prohibition.
Gannon consulting with leg counsel, but answer is, put a fence on it.
Gannon: Flower limited to 30% THC, extracts to 60%
Gannon: No additional costs to DPS here.
Lanpher: Auditor will do a full review in 2023, and recommend how to proceed.
After this, there will still be one more vote today to actually approve the bill -- and then another round of debate/votes tomorrow.
12 of the 14 committees in the House have provided input.