Colorado Legalized Recreational Marijuana Sales Rules
Colorado became one of the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the last election cycle, and recently it became the first state to adopt final rules for the sale of the now-legal substance.
The 136-page rules document was released two weeks ago and covers everything from vendor licensing to inventory tracking to advertising methods. The rules also represent the largest effort to date to turn what was once an illegal drug into a legitimately sold if tightly controlled product for the state of Colorado.
According to the Colorado Department of Revenue, the rules are designed to make the legal sale of marijuana easy and practical, but in a way that promotes public safety and adheres to “constitutional and statutory guidelines.” This includes laws against selling marijuana to those under the age of 21 or to individuals from outside the state of Colorado who intend to take the product over state lines.
Here are just some of the rules that were put into effect regarding the sale of recreational pot in the state of Colorado:
- All marijuana vendors must be fully licensed and pay fees ranging from $2,750 to $14,000.
- Vendors must grow the marijuana they intend to sell themselves until October 2014.
- Vendors must use the state’s own inventory software to document their product’s journey from cultivation to sale.
- All marijuana that is sold must be placed in opaque, child-proof containers that contain labels that list the product’s potency and any non-organic pesticides or fungicides that may have been used on it.
- Vendors cannot advertise their products where children will likely see the commercials. This includes advertising on television, radio, newspapers or in any media where more than 30 percent of the audience is expected to be under the age of 21.
The first stores that can legally sell marijuana are expected to open in Colorado in January, 2014. Officials in Washington are also writing their own rules for their own recreational marijuana industry.
By Neil Charles