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SB18-029: Development of Marijuana Tracking Technology

Privacy & Technology
Bill Number: SB18-029
Year: 2018
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: D. Pabon/Y. Willett/K. Lambert/L. Garcia

The bill requires the institute of cannabis research at Colorado
state university – Pueblo (institute) to develop marijuana tracking
technology (technology). The technology must include an agent that is
applied to a marijuana plant, marijuana product, industrial hemp, or
industrial hemp product and then scanned by a device. The scan, at a
minimum, would indicate whether the marijuana or hemp was cultivated,
manufactured, or sold by a licensed marijuana business or registered
hemp cultivator. The institute shall select a vendor to develop the
technology. After the technology is developed, the state licensing
authority must be satisfied that the technology provides an effective
means of tracking marijuana. After the state licensing authority
determines the technology is an effective means of tracking marijuana, it
shall promulgate rules that require the technology to be used by licensed
marijuana businesses, and the commissioner of the department of
agriculture shall promulgate rules that require registered industrial hemp
cultivators to use the technology. The technology that scans the marijuana
must be made available to law enforcement and the department of
The bill clarifies that the gray and black market marijuana
enforcement grant program could award grants to law enforcement
agencies to purchase the marijuana scanning technology.

Current Status:

Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely (02/07/2018)
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology (01/10/2018)

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