Colorado will permit a handful of drivers to display their love for cannabis in a very prominent spot on their vehicles.
On Tuesday, Governor Jared Polis announced that Colorado would be auctioning the rights for 14 different official state license plates with cannabis-themed phrases.
Proceeds from the auction will go to the Colorado Disability Funding Committee (CDFC) to fund disability application assistance and new innovative programs.
The goal of the CDFC is to increase the quality of life and independence of Colorado’s disability community.
“Colorado is proud of our creativity and ingenuity,” says Governor Polis. “We’ve been a leader in the cannabis space for over a decade and this effort allows us to fund critical projects and programs in our disability community.”
But even as the state auctions the rights for cannabis lingo on automobile license plates, Governor Polis says it is never a good idea to mix driving and cannabis.
According to Governor Polis, a DUI in Colorado can cost a driver more than $13,500 and include jail time, loss of license, and other potential penalties.
Auction participants will bid on the right to “own the use of the configuration of letters and numbers on their Colorado license plate.”
Auction winners will also have the option to purchase a novelty plate and retain the exclusive rights to use the configuration on their license plates in the future.
Winners are responsible for paying fees related to registration, personalized plate production, and additional designer backgrounds if they do not want the standard Colorado white and green plates.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to provide funding to a program that serves individuals with disabilities,” says Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera. “I’m thrilled to support this effort and look forward to seeing which plate raises the most.”
Online bidding will remain open until 4:20 p.m. Mountain Time on April 20.