Cannabis in Colorado

Medical marijuana caregivers face new grow limits in 2017

New grow limits for marijuana caregivers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Medical marijuana caregivers are facing a new limit in the number of plants they'll be able to grow in 2017.

State Senate Bill 14, passed in the 2015 legislative session is set to take affect Sunday, will limit caregivers to growing 99 plants for their maximum of five patients.

Roger Martin, founder and executive director of Grow for Vets USA says the limits are concerning.

"I think it's another example designed to force medical patients to have to go into the retail market and purchase their medical cannabis so they can generate the tax revenue," Martin said.

Caregivers who grow more than 36 plants will also be required to register their grow's location, the patient numbers and any extended plant counts under Senate Bill 14.

Martin says what's not taken into account in the new regulations is the fact that different patients require different dosages of medical marijuana.

"It has a direct impact on how much medical cannabis a patient can get and it may or may not be sufficient to take care of their medical needs," Martin said.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 reached out to law enforcement agencies across Southern Colorado for their perspective on the new regulations, and expect to hear from them this week.

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