Last week, Colorado became the first state in the country to adopt rules for recreational marijuana sales. Here’s a few things you should know, whether you’re buying or selling, courtesy of the mainstream press:
Licensing and Fees - All marijuana stores, cultivation facilities and marijuana-infused products makers must be licensed and pay fees ranging from $2,750 to $14,000.
Growing Rules - Until October 2014, recreational marijuana stores must grow almost all the pot they sell.
Public Transparency - All businesses must use the state’s forthcoming online inventory tracking program to document their marijuana’s journey from cultivation to processing to sale.
Safety and Security - Businesses must follow extensive security requirements, including having a surveillance camera that can document marijuana sales and “the customer(s) and employee(s) facial
features with sufficient clarity to determine identity.”
Child-Safe Packaging - Marijuana must be placed into opaque, child-resistant packages before leaving the store.
Consumer Protection - All marijuana packages must contain a label that lists the pot’s potency and any non-organic pesticides or fungicides used in its cultivation.
No Child Marketing - Marijuana stores cannot advertise in places where kids will likely see it, including on television, on the radio or in newspapers where there is “reliable evidence” that “more than 30 percent of the audience … is reasonably expected to be under the age of 21.”
Inspections - Marijuana businesses are subject to an audit or inspection by the state Marijuana Enforcement Division at any time.
Background Checks - Successful business applicants must pass a gantlet of criminal background checks to weed out recent drug felons and people with possible ties to criminal drug cartels. Everyone in the industry, from shop owners to “bud-tenders,” must reside in Colorado.
Growing and Purchasing Limits - Adults over 21 can grow up to six plants or buy up to one ounce of pot in retail stores. Medical patients can buy up to two ounces. Out-of-state visitors would be limited to one-fourth of an ounce per retail transaction, though they could legally possess the full ounce. They cannot take it home with them.