Regulators Publish Tough Rules for MMJ Sellers
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Regulators Publish Tough Rules for MMJ Sellers
Posted by CN Staff on December 17, 2010 at 11:20:09 PT
By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Denver -- Marijuana sellers in Colorado could have to wear photo badges, and patients could have new limits on changing their primary dispensaries if tough, new rules are adopted next year.The changes were contained in a 99-page list of draft rules posted online Thursday by Colorado regulators crafting the nation's most extensive rules for commercial marijuana sales. The state revenue department is expected to adopt the new rules early next year and does not need approval by lawmakers.
The rules govern all aspects of the commercial sale of marijuana.Colorado will dictate how growers can raise pot plants and how marijuana can be sold to the state's 116,000 marijuana patients.The proposed rules include a four-page list of banned pesticides and other chemicals.In addition, marijuana patients who want to designate a primary dispensary would have to stick with the selection for at least 120 days, though they could shop anywhere they like.The 120-day rule was requested by pot shop owners who worried they could be penalized for exceeding Colorado's six-plants-per-patient requirement if a patient changed their dispensary designation before a plant could be harvested.Other highlights of the proposed regulations include:* Food containing pot would have to include a label listing all ingredients, plus a warning that the food includes marijuana “produced without regulatory oversight for health, safety or efficacy.”* Marijuana dispensaries would have to record all sales on camera. Commercial pot shops would have to keep the recordings 20 days.* Marijuana dispensaries could be fined or shut down for selling pot after a new 7 p.m. closing time or allowing pot to be consumed on the premises.* Law enforcement officers who seize pot plants in the course of an investigation wouldn't be obligated to keep the plants alive.The proposed rules govern only commercial pot sales. A separate state agency is working on other new rules for marijuana patients, including guidelines for doctors to recommend pot.Julie Postwaithe, a spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue's marijuana work group that crafted the proposed regulations, said the rules took months to draft with input by marijuana growers, patients and sellers.“The industry had an opportunity to participate in these rules,” she said.Online:Read the rules: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Kristen Wyatt, Associated PressPublished: December 17, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Associated PressCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on December 17, 2010 at 16:08:48 PT
God bless the ignoid.
Cannabis is a weapon of mass destruction and should be treated like one.One the other hand perhaps their intent is to get so down on the medical use of cannabis that when the 2012 election comes they will insure that cannabis is legalized;They are actually helping the movement.In fact, maybe they want to help make sure Colorado wins the race to legalize the superplant 1st and they want to do their part. -God bless them.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on December 17, 2010 at 16:03:36 PT
No one can accuse them
of not being thorough.
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on December 17, 2010 at 13:52:18 PT
drag on the economy
it's this sort of thing that has wiped out our functioning economy. This really is Stalinist. It's like something out of an Ayn Rand novel, the brilliant idea of medical cannabis is being attacked as hard as possible by the govt. establishment. We don't need a 7 PM closing time. We need honest politicians. that is where the crime is occuring. 
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on December 17, 2010 at 13:46:48 PT
I know what you mean.
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Comment #1 posted by dongenero on December 17, 2010 at 12:26:53 PT
Where's the Tea Party when you need them?
“The industry had an opportunity to participate in these rules,”........that are being shoved down their throat by big government.Thought I'd invoke some indignant, Tea Party outrage. (since the Tea Party is so conspicuously quiet on this issue) 
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