Colorado Releases Temporary Rules for Cannabis Stores

 by lucy

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.”

The emergency rules expire in October and state lawmakers are already pushing forward with creating the finalized rules.  Barbara Brohl, executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue explained, “Our work is not done and we will continue to move forward and provide our state with a well-regulated industry that maintains a clear focus on public safety.”

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    Lukaroast said on Jul 2, 2013

    Ahh seems rough but hey its just a temp list

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    spkavyo said on Jul 2, 2013

    Not so bad so far. Sounds a little tighter than current medical dispensaries though.

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    DrZhang said on Jul 3, 2013

    This has to be expected. The same goes for WA too. The states are treading in unknown waters now with the spectre of the Feds looming large. That said, there has been a lot of movement in other states toward ending prohibition. If this continues, the Feds will have allowed too much of the genie out of the bottle and won't be able to put it back. Perhaps that's Obama's strategy: lay low and let the states make all the decisions and take all the risks.

    As far as regulations go, expect them to be a bit surreal at first even draconian. People who've been anti-pot for years are now putting together the rules. This means our bullshit meters will be pegged most of the time so we will have to be ever vigilant to keep the focus on what is best for us, the consumer. Yes, there will be taxes as well as age restrictions, perhaps other things that might cause heartburn amongst the faithful but that's reality. Those rules that really cause a hardship on us will be removed if enough people let the right politician know it. We've come a long way in less than a year, but the race ain't over yet.

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    BlazinAlberts said on Jul 3, 2013

    I am keeping it medical

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    Lazarus_1952 said on Jul 18, 2013

    Good choice BlazinAlberts by staying medical you will not be taxed up the yahzoo as recreational will be and you will be not limited to only 1 oz at a time. 1/4 oz if you are not a Colorado citizen.

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