A Colorado marijuana grower said he won’t be able to sell the product if it becomes legal in the state.
The grower, who asked not to be identified because he’s worried about the repercussions of becoming a felon, said he’s been growing marijuana for decades and it’s a hobby.
He said he can’t imagine being prosecuted for cultivating and selling pot that is legal in Colorado, and he doesn’t want to get into trouble if he is.
The Colorado Cannabis Commission has yet to vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana, which would give residents 18 and older the right to possess up to an ounce.
But it’s unlikely to take action anytime soon.
Colorado has some of the strictest regulations in the country, and marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, which means the federal government considers it a dangerous drug.
That means it’s prohibited for anyone under 21 to possess, distribute, or grow the drug.
But a majority of voters in Colorado approved the legalization initiative in 2016.
The state’s recreational pot program was slated to begin July 1.
The first retail stores opened this month.
John Hickenlooper said Friday he won\’t allow marijuana shops to open before recreational marijuana is legal.
The governor said Colorado is in the middle of a national debate about marijuana.
He also said he doesn\’t want to see any new tax revenue go to pot shops.
Hicken looper said marijuana could make people sick and said there is no reason for adults to have to buy it.
He’s expected to sign a bill allowing the sale of medical marijuana as soon as next week.