On Monday, March 13, the Colorado House passed a proposal to limit residential pot grows in an effort to clamp down on criminal activity and force more patients into the regulated marketplace. House Bill 1220, “Prevent Marijuana Diversion to Illegal Market,” is the culmination of a years-long debate over the state’s relatively lenient home-grow laws. Currently, those laws limit personal grows to 99 plants. Colorado is the only one of 28 medical marijuana states to allow so many plants, which some claim has led to a proliferation of neighborhood grow operations that divert product out-of-state.
One bill would set a statewide limit of 16 marijuana plants per house, down from a current limit of 99 plants before registering. Patients have decried the measure, which is likely to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate, as a constitutional infringement that endangers the sickest patients who need extended plant counts to make oils that treat their ailments.