Colorado moves to crack down on black-market pot ads online

January 23, 2017 by Kristen Wyatt

Weed on Craigslist? It is widely for sale in Colorado, but legislation moving through the state Legislature aims to crack down on those who sell marijuana illegally using online ads.

A bill approved unanimously by the state Senate on Monday would make it a misdemeanor to advertise pot if the person does not have a license to sell the drug.

It's already a crime to sell pot without a license in Colorado, but it's not illegal to place an advertisement for weed. That means law enforcement has a hard time going after those who skirt the law by posting marijuana for sale by the pound online and hoping police don't show up to see them make a black-market sale.

Like other legal-pot states, Colorado is trying to crack down on the lingering black market for marijuana as it awaits word on how President Donald Trump's administration will approach states violating federal drug law.

"If you don't have a license to sell marijuana, you may not advertise to sell marijuana," said Democratic Sen. Irene Aguilar of Denver, sponsor of the bill.

There is no official projection of how many people would be charged with a new crime of advertising pot without a license. But Aguilar told the Senate that on a single day in Denver, authorities found more than 690 ads on Craigslist for marijuana, almost all of it likely being sold outside the regulated market.

Under former President Barack Obama, a memo to weed states directed them to try to keep marijuana out of the . But the memo had no force of law and could simply be rewritten by the next attorney general.

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama is awaiting confirmation as and opposes legal .

Trump in his inaugural address Friday said drugs "have stolen too many lives." The president did not elaborate on which drugs or how he planned to address the nation's drug problem.

One more formal vote on the Colorado advertising bill is required in the Senate before it heads to the House.

Explore further: Medical marijuana a challenge for legal pot states

Related Stories

Medical marijuana a challenge for legal pot states

January 2, 2015

A year into the nation's experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright ...

Mexico Senate passes medical pot bill; sent to lower house

December 14, 2016

The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill approving the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the latest in a series of legal changes and court rulings that have somewhat relaxed cannabis laws in Mexico.

Recommended for you

Exercise and vitamin D better together for heart health

April 27, 2017

Johns Hopkins researchers report that an analysis of survey responses and health records of more than 10,000 American adults for nearly 20 years suggests a "synergistic" link between exercise and good vitamin D levels in ...

'Diet' products can make you fat, study shows

April 25, 2017

High-fat foods are often the primary target when fighting obesity, but sugar-laden "diet" foods could be contributing to unwanted weight gain as well, according to a new study from the University of Georgia.

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Joker23
not rated yet Jan 24, 2017
Typical stupid Government stupidity as usual. NOW instead of having to have a war on drugs and a bunch of potheads driving on our highways, they have to now Regulate an industry that really shouldn't even exist AND police the idiots that break the law. Soooo we need MORE regulators, MORE laws, MORE Cops. Assuming of course you're not a rabid pothead and have a clear mind, unfogged by POT, you should be able to see why people think that Government can only do one thing well....screw up anyting it touches.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.