Marijuana Distribution…By The Rules

On Monday, the State Legislature released the rules for marijuana distribution in Colorado. The entire document, titled Emergency Rules Related to the Colorado Retail Marijuana Code, is located at 1 CCR 212-2.

The code details the application process to create and run retail marijuana establishments. It establishes who may apply for a retail license to sell cannabis, the regulations controlling laboratories and grow houses, and that types of warnings that must be displayed in stores and on marijuana packaging.

Labels on the packaging of marijuana must disclose the potency as well as the amount of THC in the product. In addition, the wrapper must disclose what types of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides were used to grow the marijuana, as well as other details about how the product was created. For edible products, there must be more disclosures regarding the chemicals used.

Edible snacks that could spoil must have an expiration or use-by date on them.

The code orders that marijuana and marijuana products for sale must contain warning statements such as “This product is unlawful outside the State of Colorado,” “There may be health risks associated with the consumption of this product,” “This product is intended for use by adults 21 years and older,”  “Keep out of the reach of children,” “This product is unlawful outside the State of Colorado.,” and “The intoxicating effects of this product may be delayed by two or more hours.”

Purchasers must show their government-issued ID card proving they are age 21 or over. This is the same as the requirements to buy alcohol.

Finally, the code details the regulations regarding the employees for a retail marijuana shop as well as growing establishments.

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