The bill permits the general assembly to appropriate surplus funds in the marijuana cash fund to the marijuana diversion prevention grant program. The bill creates the marijuana diversion prevention grant program (grant program) that is administered by the state controller. The grant program will provide grants to the state patrol and other state law enforcement agencies that share a border with Colorado to prevent diversion of retail marijuana from Colorado and apprehend those attempting to divert retail marijuana from Colorado. The grant program includes a grant review committee consisting of:
- The state controller;
- The executive director of the department of public safety, or his or her designee;
- The executive director of the statewide organization representing sheriffs, or his or her designee; and
- The executive director of the statewide organization representing the chiefs of police, or his or her designee.
In a fiscal year in which the general assembly appropriates money to the grant program, a law enforcement agency seeking a grant must apply by August 1. The application must include a description of how the money will be used, a description of law enforcement cooperation in using the money, and the amount requested itemized by personnel costs, equipment costs, and other costs, plus any other information required.
The grant review committee shall award grants based on need and effectiveness. The Colorado state patrol must receive priority in receiving grants.