Marijuana Training for Law Enforcement

The Marijuana Team serves as a comprehensive resource for legal issues surrounding the decriminalization of medical and retail marijuana in Colorado. This unit was created by Senate Bill 14-215 “to increase the expertise and knowledge among prosecutors and law enforcement officials regarding the legal and regulatory issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana.” The employees in this unit inform and train others on the laws and industry of medical and retail marijuana and serve as an on-going resource to law enforcement, the legislature, the governor’s office and other states.

POST is in the process of creating new marijuana-related curricula and will release updates on the development of the training along with how to become an instructor for the marijuana curricula.

If your agency would like to host a training, please contact us at trainingpost@coag.gov

 

Introduction to Marijuana for Law Enforcement

This class will cover in detail the laws and cases regarding:

  • Civil liability issues
  • Possible defenses
  • Investigations
  • Home grows
  • Traffic stops and searches
  • DUID
  • Butane Hash Oil labs
  • Child abuse
  • Possession
  • Medical marijuana issues and cards

Officers will walk away from the class with a better comprehensive understanding of the legal framework in which to work with regard to marijuana arrests, summons, and search warrants. Officers are also provided handouts and a pocket card to use as reference material.

Please visit the POST Event Calendar for available course times and locations.

Introduction to Marijuana for School Resource Officers

Officers will walk away from the class with a better comprehensive understanding of the legal framework in regard to marijuana arrests, summons, and search warrants. Officers are also provided handouts and a pocket card to use as reference material.

Please visit the POST Event Calendar for available course times and locations.

Below are printable handouts for a booklet that you may reproduce to educate your student population. Times to consider having them available are: parent-teacher conferences, new student orientation, back-to-school nights, and any other time you and your administrator feel it's appropriate. These handout can be used to teach a marijuana section in a criminal justice and health as well. 

All of the handouts provided have been downloaded from one of the following websites:

Each website has additional information that you may find useful. Searching for "Marijuana" on any of these sites will direct you to the handouts provided here along with additional resources.

Legal Updates

House Bill 15-1305 has created significant changes to the extraction of marijuana concentrate in Colorado. This new code section went into effect on July 1, 2015.

This bill has specifically banned the extraction of marijuana concentrate using an inherently hazardous substance by an unlicensed entity or person.

New Code Section 18-18-406.6

  • This code section must be used when charging an individual with unlawful extraction of marijuana concentrate.
  • This code section makes it a Class 2 Drug Felony.
  • Specifically reads "Inherently Hazardous Substance"

This bill bans the following substances:

  • Butane
  • Propane
  • Diethyl Ether
  • Any liquid chemical, compressed gas or commercial product that has a flash point of lower than 38 degrees Celsius or 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Excluding all forms of alcohol or ethanol extraction methods

No explosion is necessary to charge with this code section. If you can prove through testimony and evidence the individual/entity was extracting marijuana concentrate then you may charge under this code section.

If there is an explosion due to an unlawful extraction process you may also charge under this code section in addition to any other applicable Title 18 codes.

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