Jonathan Singer Looks Back on Eight Years of Legislating MarijuanaPosted by On


When Colorado voters approved legalizing cannabis in late 2012, state lawmakers had to quickly start brushing up on a formerly taboo topic. One of them, a rookie state representative from Longmont named Jonathan Singer, soon found himself neck-deep in a cannabis conversation that didn’t stop for eight years.

By the time Singer was term-limited out at the end of the 2020 legislative session (he lost a recent bid to become a Boulder County commissioner), he’d played a part in creating the foundational laws of the recreational cannabis industry and helped with a long list of marijuana and hemp bills, including measures that opened Colorado’s pot business up for new services such as delivery and hospitality. Singer also pushed an amendment to a bill this year that allows the governor to pardon past cannabis offenders — but that doesn’t mean Colorado politicians get everything right, something Singer readily admits himself.

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