No. Colorado law prohibits people under 21 years of age from growing or possessing recreational marijuana.
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3. What are the penalties for illegal cultivation?
9. How much is a grow license in Colorado?
Up to six plants are allowed per Colorado resident over age 21, with as many as three plants flowering at one time.
At homes with residents under 21, any marijuana grow area must be enclosed and locked in a separate space that minors can’t access.
The laws are different for medical marijuana consumers.
Don’t forget that counties and municipalities can pass stricter laws. For example, Denver limits a home grow to 12 plants, even if there are three or more adults over age 21 in the residence. Be sure to check your local laws for specific details.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MED decided to make walk-up and drive-up windows, once thought to be a temporary measure, a permanent option for marijuana businesses to encourage social distancing. Marijuana businesses must apply for a permit to make such a window, and they cannot display marijuana at the windows. Also, stores must have a video surveillance system that enables recording the patient’s identity and recording an employee verifying the customer’s identification.
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.
On March 21, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed SB 21-111 that establishes the new Cannabis Advancement Program, which the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (“OEDIT”) will oversee. The bill provided that the new program will be supported with $4 million in loans, grants, and technical assistance for marijuana business applicants that qualify under the state social equity program. State marijuana tax revenue will be used to fund the program.
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Also, the licensee must consider any expiration dates of additives used to make the vaporizer, the vaporizer’s final formulation, and the vaporizer’s ideal storage conditions when determining expiration dates. Licensees must create business records of their expiration date determinations and any data used to make those determinations.
One of the most notable laws passed in 2021 was the creation of a statewide equity program for permitting. Similar programs implemented in states like Illinois might have influenced Colorado to pass this law. The equity program provides cannabis social equity licenses and support services, like mentorship programs and financial incentives, for aspiring business owners to kickstart their cannabis businesses.
HB 1317, a bill concerning the regulation and effects of high-potency THC products, awaits the governor’s approval after it passed the Senate unanimously and without much opposition in the House. The bill proposes sending the Colorado School of Public Health $1 million per year over a three-year period to conduct a study of existing research on the impact of high-potency THC marijuana and concentrates on physical and mental health and to fill in the gaps of that resulting research.
For instance, the soil, water, fertilizers, nutrients, and pesticides can contaminate marijuana during the growing process. Furthermore, machinery and equipment used in the production process and equipment used to package marijuana vaporizers can contribute to contamination. This testing is pivotal because heavy metals have been linked to various adverse health outcomes, including increased cancer risk, causing adverse reproductive effects, and accumulating to alter the functions of vital organs in the human body.