Colorado lawmakers advance bill to eliminate the industry’s residency requirement.

In the state, any employee of a cannabis business that has day-to-day control over operations is required to be a Colorado resident in order to apply for a license. HB20-1080 would eliminate that requirement. The bill, which has already passed in the House, had its first Senate hearing recently, with the Business, Labor and Technology Committee. It passed and now moves on to a larger senate committee.

During a brief hearing, bill sponsor Senator Julie Gonzales said, “We’re seeing many companies in the industry who are multi-state operators, who have employees in Colorado, but also have some of their managers in other states. And so House Bill 1080 seeks simply to remove that residency requirement.”

Senator Vicki Marble, also a sponsor, added, “The bottom line is this simply helps the flow of business attain efficiency in operation which is important to anyone who opens its doors to the public.”

Kristen Thomson, representing The Green Solution, spoke in support of the bill. She noted the company has a large outdoor grow facility in Trinidad on the border of New Mexico.

She said, “With the crisis in finding agricultural workers, it is increasingly difficult, it would be very important for us that this bill passed so that we can expand the pool of workers that we can get in our agricultural operations being on the border.”

Jordan Wellington, vice president of government affairs for VS Strategies, added that the bill puts Colorado “on par with our competitor states in this industry” because “we are one of basically a handful of states that have any type of requirement like this on their cannabis industry.”

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