On Monday, Colorado released rules for the operation of recreational cannabis shops. The rules outline the basic regulations for shops but still leave some details untouched, such as potency testing and product tracking. The rules do detail other aspects of running the business such as transportation of marijuana and product packaging.
These rules that have been established will act as temporary placeholders for the finalized regulations that will be re-written before legal pot shops are set to open next January. These “emergency rules” were written in order to comply with a stipulation in Amendment 64 that set deadlines for rulemaking to ensure that the legal marijuana program is implemented in a timely manner.
Some of the most important regulations include:
• Recreational marijuana stores and medical-marijuana dispensaries can’t operate out of the same shop unless the dispensary refuses to serve people under 21.
• Marijuana and marijuana-infused products must be sold in child-proof packaging.
• Marijuana products must be labeled with the license numbers of the producer that makes them and the store that sells them, as well as a to-be-determined “universal symbol, indicating that the container holds marijuana.”