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Colorado: Lawmakers Want Outdoor Grows Enclosed to Keep Kids From Stealing Weed

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Colorado: Lawmakers Want Outdoor Grows Enclosed to Keep Kids From Stealing Weed

Because the youth of Colorado is apparently raiding backyard pot gardens in an effort to get their hands on weed to take to school, lawmakers are considering a bill this session that would require all medical marijuana home grows to be kept in an enclosed and locked space.

A report by CBS Denver indicates that outdoor grow sites have become a haven of highness for young stoners in training because it has been relatively easy for them to sneak a few buds off the cannabis plants growing out in the open. Of course, the mere thought of youngsters getting high courtesy of Mrs. Robinson’s herb garden has invoked a heavy level of panic among that percentage of the population whose faith in salvaging what is left of civil society lies only in their ability to impose bans against anything and everything they feel is a threat to the sanctity of their community. These people, which include law enforcement, are now standing behind this bill, which intends to hold the state’s medical marijuana patients to the same standards as the recreational sector by forcing them to build secure grow houses for all of their cannabis horticulture endeavors.

Sergeant Jim Gerhardt of the Thorton Police Department recently testified before a Senate committee, saying that outdoor pot gardens have become a wicked temptation for children all across the state. Showing lawmakers photos of a group of pot plants growing within close proximity to a school, Gerhardt said “Kids going to middle school were walking through the greenbelt… and they were reaching over the fence and grabbing handfuls of marijuana.”

Although supporters argue the bill is only intended to prevent kids from stealing marijuana from the backyards of patients, opposing forces claim the measure is simply another attempt at sabotaging the medical marijuana community by creating hardships that would force many participants in the program to abandon home cultivation altogether. These people argue that there are already laws in place that make it illegal to steal pot from outdoor gardens and that this is really a law enforcement issue.

Several medical marijuana advocates also testified before the committee, arguing that they shouldn’t be forced to lock up their gardens because cannabis is a non-toxic plant and there are not similar regulations for dangerous prescription narcotics. Essentially, those who oppose this bill believe if lawmakers are going jam them up with a new provision making it mandatory to keep personal grow sites enclosed then people who use prescription drugs should also be required to put their pills under lock and key.

While the argument of the medical marijuana community is certainly admirable, and true for the most part, it is going to be a tough sell convincing lawmakers that they should be allowed to continue growing weed in a manner that allows children easy access.

The measure did manage to pass the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee, earlier this week, but it only did so by a vote of 5 to 4. It now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

What do you think? Are kids in jeopardy around cannabis grows?



  1. James

    September 20, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    The kids are in danger… the kids are plenty used to being subjectified. Whos drinking from the water fountain these days since vending machines found their way into our poor public schools. Also, new mexico legalized shrooms, i want truffles god dammit. Im tired of disposing my legal spores in the national park.

  2. Rachel

    July 7, 2016 at 7:16 am

    While I think people should make an effort to secure their outdoor grows, I do think that regardless of where it’s grown, kids will find a way to get some one way or another. The same happens with pills and alcohol, sadly. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Ben'sHigh

    March 3, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Kids are going to steal weed just like they are going to find a way to acquire alcohol. If they are on your property they are trespassing! The degree of breaking and entering they have to do to steal what they want is not the liability of the grower. Teach your kids not to steal and take some responsibility. How many freedoms do we have to give up before we realize that limiting your ability to do what you want on your own property is exactly the agenda? Next you won’t be able to drink a 12 pack in your back yard because those precious children could sneak in your yard when you go inside to take a piss and STEAL your beer. Then you would be contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Right? Get a life you yuppie twits!

  4. Robert Chase

    February 21, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Nonsense; you have no clue! SB16-080 is a blatantly unconstitutional bill proposing to require locks on grow rooms in residences. Did you attend the hearing? You thoroughly misunderstand what it was about. I would suggest reading the bill — the one you failed to identify.

  5. Juan Nachos

    February 20, 2016 at 6:53 am

    I don’t understand, like a couple other people have already said, grows are supposed to be in an enclosed space now.

  6. Colorado Springs

    February 19, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Regulations for growing marijuana outdoors
    Growing your own marijuana isn’t as simple as growing your own tomatoes. If you plan on adding cannabis to your veggie garden this year, then make sure you’re well within Colorado law by following these simple rules:

    Limit your plants: In Colorado, home growers are allowed to have up to six plants per person or 12 per household, but you can only have half flowering at a time. When you grow outdoors, expect all plants to flower at the same time (which is usually around September and October when the days start getting shorter).
    Rather than pull half of your plants at this time, I suggest planting only three to six female plants. You can find out the gender early if you force-flower clones under artificial light.

    Grow your plants in a secure, enclosed location: Planting your ganja in your garden — even if it’s locked — isn’t good enough to meet regulations in Colorado. In order to grow cannabis lawfully, it’ll need to be in a fully-enclosed location. This could be a basement, garage or greenhouse, but must remain closed off at all times (opening windows doesn’t count as enclosed any more).
    Fortunately, you can build your own greenhouse for relatively cheap using old windows or clear, corrugated plastic sheets. Free greenhouse plans are available online to help you get started. No kids allowed!: Finally (and perhaps most importantly), remember that only adults should have access to your marijuana grow. According to Colorado law, this includes anyone over 21, or 18 with a valid medical card.

  7. Colorado Springs

    February 19, 2016 at 11:41 am

    The law already requires outdoor grows to be concealed and locked, as well as indoor grows.

  8. AkivaBenShlomo

    February 19, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I don’t think that its a bad idea for home grows to be secure. How hard could it be?

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