The Colorado Department of Commerce released a 60 plus page report, which puts into place a set of interim regulations on the sales, licensing, packaging and labeling of recreational marijuana.  While dispensaries cannot open until January, this report comes in at the deadline given by Amendment 64 and framework legislation signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in May. The report serves as an outline on exactly what will and will not be allowed concerning the sales and distribution of marijuana, as passed by Amendment 64, on which Colorado voted last November which legalizes the sale for recreational use to adults.

Some basic guidelines include: no one under 21 allowed inside dispensaries, how much can be bought at a time for recreational use, potency labels, child-proof packaging for edibles, and a yet-to-be determined universal symbol for the plant (which can easily be identified by its familiar and distinctive leaf).

These regulations will expire in October, by which time lawmakers hope to have a more in-depth regulatory system in place for January 1, 2014.  Whether or not any changes will be made from the report is yet to be seen.

But the government’s need for warning labels is bound to remain intact for the recreational marijuana use.  They are as follows:

Recreation marijuana rules and regulations in Colorado
Recreation marijuana rules and regulations in Colorado
  1. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product.
  2. This product is intended for use by people 21 or over.  Keep out of reach of children.
  3. This product is unlawful outside the State of Colorado.
  4. This product is infused with retail marijuana.
  5. This product was produced without regulatory oversight for health, safety or efficacy.
  6. The intoxicating effects of this product may be delayed for up to two hours.

This list, being the outline of warnings, will most likely to become longer and even more boring to read.  Colorado adults will be able to purchase up to one ounce for recreational purposes, they may grow up to 6 plants, with only 3 flowering at a time, in their home for personal use.  State residents may possess up to one ounce, and non-state residents may only purchase one quarter of an ounce.

Washington State, the only other state that passed recreational sales and use, is in the process of making a similar interim set of regulations.


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