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Lawmakers want to create a Scientific Review Council, which would lead a public awareness campaign on the dangers of consuming too much, stop advertising aimed at youth, and review studies to make recommendations on future restrictions.

Stack started Johnny’s Ambassadors, a nonprofit dedicated to educating teens and parents on the risks of high potency THC products. She supports the bill, and hopes it becomes law.

The Executive Director of the Southern Colorado Cannabis Council, Jason Warf, considers a few of the points in the bill unconstitutional. He said the bill restricts patient access to cannabis. “In our opinion, just another way to try and get rid of medical, which sadly is the agenda of some folks,” said Warf.

A toxicology screen is completed for every case that passes through the El Paso County Coroner’s Office. The Chief Medical Examiner and Coroner, Dr. Leon Kelly, said those tests cost money. The financial aspect to the toxicology screens will be an issue for many coroners, according to Dr. Kelly.

Representative Caraveo said leaders in the cannabis industry argued there was not enough research to support a THC potency cap. If the bill is passed, Representative Caraveo said she wants those with the Colorado School of Public Health to study limiting the amount of THC in products.

Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday signed a new law expanding access to and use of cannabis-based medicine in schools, a step he called overdue.

The bipartisan law, SB21-56, removes the authority that school principals currently have to permit — or not — the storage and administration on school grounds of non-smokable cannabis-based medicine, which is used to treat seizures and other ailments.

Governor: Colorado”will finally treat cannabis like other prescribed medicines”

Colorado “will finally treat cannabis like other prescribed medicines,” said Polis, a longtime cannabis advocate.

“Parents should not have to choose between their child’s education and access to life-saving medication,” Van Winkle said. “This has been a long road coming.”

Once the new law takes effect this fall, school boards will be required to implement policies that allow for the storage and administration of this medicine by school personnel on school grounds. Any school staffer who is uncomfortable performing these duties can recuse themselves, the new law states, but officials cannot exempt entire schools from the law.

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