Are Coloradans Getting Too High? Some Lawmakers Think So


It is no secret that Colorado has some of the best marijuana in the world. Recreational states have better access to safe labs and grow rooms, making it a lot easier for growers to produce quality product. While this sounds like a positive side effect of selective breeding, it has brought some negative attention to the cannabis industry from none other than the state government.

How Potent is Too Potent?

Marijuana has been becoming more and more potent in recent years, especially since medical marijuana was first legalized in California in 1996. Now, we have extremely potent flower in most medical and rec states. Sounds like a good thing, right? Well, some Colorado lawmakers would disagree.

This graph displays the changes in potency since the 1970s. You will notice a large spike after medical legalization in the mid-1990s.

potency by year

Cannabis enthusiasts enjoy high THC levels. A lot of tourists flock to Colorado specifically for the top-shelf bud, hoping to get a taste of the high levels of THC that they may not be able to find at home. While one may think tourism is enough of a reason to keep potency unregulated, legislators are not so sure.

The Proposed Limitations

Lawmakers have come up with their own solution to the supposed potency problem. Ali Pruitt and Ron Castanga have put out a ballot hoping to limit all cannabis products to no more than 16% THC. Considering some commonly-requested strains of herb contain up to 29% and the average is 17.1% passing this ballot would certainly lead to some changes for the legal marijuana industry.

If the bill is passed, these are just a few strains that will no longer be allowed on the recreational market:

Girl Scout Cookies

Bruce Banner

Ghost Train Haze

 Strawberry Cough

The White

Death Star

 White Fire OG

Kosher Kush

These are only a number of many strains that would no longer be legal by the proposed standards. Many of them are long-time favorites in the marijuana community, meaning that the newly-proposed laws will likely experience some serious backlash from marijuana-using Coloradans.


One of the industries that will be most affected by the new regulations would be concentrates, another product that has a large following in the cannabis community. These extracts have up to 80% THC and average at 62.1%, putting them well past the proposed The concentrate industry would either be terminated or product would be diluted, potentially leading to the addition of dangerous fillers and carcinogens, an option that remains unpopular with cannabis enthusiasts. Purity is rightfully expected in a recreational state.

Health Warnings

Not only do lawmakers want to put limitations on potency, but they also plan to list a number of health warnings. Instead of the current labels that just say there may be possible health risks, the ballot would call for listing a number of said possible health risks, including:

Birth defects

 Breathing difficulty

Permanent loss of abilities

Mood swings


Temporary paranoia


Long-term addiction

 While these labels are reasonable, what about caps on potency? If the labels are included, do we really need the potency cap as well? Tell us what you think about the proposed measures.


Jheri is a successful freelance writer and cannabis enthusiast from Michigan. She is currently writing her novel and a number of short stories, as well as promoting cannabis for Smoke Weed and Medical Marijuana Cure. Her office is based in Denver, CO.

One thought on “Are Coloradans Getting Too High? Some Lawmakers Think So

  1. Kane says:

    It’s bullshit. The dispenary owners are lobbying for this so they can sell more weed. Limiting the potency won’t limit how high anyone gets. It just means it takes more weed to get however high you like and that means more money in taxes and profits.

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