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Aurora and Denver are the only cities that have approved marijuana delivery programs. Aurora decided to implement its delivery program with a focus on social-equity applicants. Only social-equity applicants will be able to receive a delivery license for the first three years of the plan, and the application fees for the delivery license are mostly covered with a city grant. Deliveries are limited to one per day, cannot be more than one ounce or eight grams of marijuana concentrate, and cannot be made to college campuses. Permits granted are valid for one year.

The law provides a statewide definition for social equity licenses, declaring that an eligible licensee is a Colorado resident who can demonstrate: (1) residency for 15 years in an area designated as an opportunity or a disproportionally impacted, according to the Marijuana Enforcement Division (“MED”), between 1980 and 2010; (2) the applicant or an immediate family member was arrested for or convicted of a cannabis offense; or (3) their household income does not exceed 50% of the state median income for their household, which the Colorado Department of Revenue determines each year.

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The MED also implemented new emission testing and storage requirements for vaporizer products. Effective July 1, 2022, a marijuana products manufacturer that produces marijuana vaporizer devices must establish expiration dates for the products. The new rule mandates that potency and contaminant must be used to determine the expiration date.

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Colorado was actually among the first states to criminalize marijuana. In 1917, Colorado legislators made the use and cultivation of marijuana a misdemeanor, but criminalization did not last long compared to other states. In 1975, Colorado also became one of the first states to decriminalize marijuana. A couple of decades later, in 2000, Colorado voters passed Amendment 20, which amended Colorado’s Constitution to allow for the use of medicinal marijuana in the state for approved patients with medical consent.

Coloradans can grow marijuana in their homes for personal use.

The laws are different for medical marijuana consumers.

Up to six plants are allowed per Colorado resident over age 21, with as many as three plants flowering at one time.