LEGAL CANNABIS IN
COLORADO – WHAT THE
The Dispensary Experts:
Thinking of opening a dispensary in Colorado? You are not alone.
On January 21, 2014, buying cannabis in the state became as easy,
and as legal, as heading to your local liquor store for alcohol or
Since that time, there’s been a boom in the number of people
flocking to the Rocky Mountain State to get a piece of the action,
either as weed connoisseurs or hopeful entrepreneurs with plans of
opening their own pot shop.
If you ‘re among them, here’s a brief guide to what the Colorado
law say about legal cannabis, a guide you can use to ensure both you
and your customers can avoid any nasty surprises from the cops.
WHICH LAWS GOVERN MARIJUANA
There’s two different laws regulating the sale and use of cannabis in
Depending on whether you’re going to start a medical marijuana
dispensary or open a retail store selling recreational weed, you’ll have
a slightly different regulations to follow, though it’s certainly still a
good idea to pay attention to both.
Passed in November 2012 and later coming into force as Article 18,
section 16 of the Colorado state constitution, this is the law that
garnered huge amounts of publicity and controversy in equal
measure, all because it made it legal to use, buy, and grow marijuana.
What this means is that if you are over 21, you’re legally allowed to:
Grow up to six plants, with no more than half being mature, flowering plants at any time
Possess up to one ounce of cannabis
Give up to the same amount as a gift to someone over the age of 21.
You won’t need a medical marijuana license or anything like that to
do this. We’re talking personal use here.
We’re also talking retail, taxes and commercial cultivation of the
If you’re planning to open a recreational cannabis store in Colorado,
this is the law to study.
Want to do that now? Go ahead and read the full text online. We’ll
wait here until you get back before we press on with the medical side
Which brings us Amendment 20, passed in November 2000 to
regulate the cultivation, distribution and use of medical marijuana for
Sharing some differences with the later recreational use laws,
Amendment 20 still allows you to grow up to six plants, and you can
still only half up to three of those flowering.
The big difference is that you’re allowed to possess up to two
ounces of the stuff for medical use, and if your doctor feels that it’s
going to benefit you, they can even recommend that you be allowed
to grow, or at least possess, even more than that.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
RECREATIONAL POT AND MEDICAL
The main deciding factor between opening a dispensary in Colorado
serving patients with medical marijuana, or simply taking advantage
of Amendment 64 to open up your own pot shop all comes down to
Recreational marijuana comes with some of the biggest taxes on
consumer products in the state, with a 25% state tax on top of the
usual 2.9% sales tax.
Patients with consent to buy it for their medical use from a Colorado
dispensary don’t have to deal with such heavy levies on their
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO
KNOW ABOUT OPENING A WEED
DISPENSARY IN COLORADO- ALL IN
ONE SIMPLE GUIDE
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