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HB14-1037: Enforcing Laws Against Designer Drugs

Criminal Legal Reform
Bill Number: HB14-1037
Year: 2014
ACLU Position: Active Amend
Sponsors: Landgraf/Baumgardner


It is unlawful to distribute, dispense, manufacture, or sell any product that is labeled as incense or any other trademark if the product contains any amount of any synthetic cannabinoid. A violation is a deceptive trade practice, and the violator shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than $10,000 and not more than $500,000 for each violation. A person shall forfeit and pay to the general fund of the state a civil penalty of not less than $25,000 and not more than $500,000 for each violation if the person distributes, dispenses, or sells the product to a minor under the age of 18 and the person is at least 18 years of age and at least 2 years older than the minor. The statute of limitations shall be tolled while a law enforcement agency awaits the results of a requested laboratory analysis of  material, including but not limited to product samples or blood, urine, or saliva samples, to determine whether the material contains any amount of any synthetic cannabinoid. On or before September 1, 2014, the director of the Colorado bureau of investigation (bureau) shall establish a division within the bureau to address the enforcement of laws prohibiting the possession and distribution of synthetic cannabinoids, cathinones, and other designer drugs. The duties of the division shall include the purchase and maintenance of at least 10 field testing units, which shall be made available by the bureau to law enforcement agencies of the state for the purpose of analyzing and identifying illegal substances in a timely manner.

Current Status:

05/05/2014 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/28/2014 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/16/2014 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
04/15/2014 - House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
02/06/2014 - House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
01/08/2014 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary + Appropriations

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