Colorado implemented their recreational marijuana law in 2014, and from nearly every account thing have been going pretty well. But that doesn't mean the state's sticking to the status quo. Both the marijuana industry and the state government are constantly looking for ways to improve the market. And pretty soon, things could be a lot different in Colorado.
The Colorado legislature has recently passed five bills to institute changes for the state's marijuana industry. The Marijuana Enforcement Division, the agency in charge of regulating the state's cannabis industry, is working to help businesses prepare for these changes. But a lot of these new rules and laws will actually help the marijuana industry.
Here are the five ways marijuana laws are changing in Colorado.
1. Employee Training
One new rule will help employees in the marijuana industry more quickly get into their roles. Currently, only employees with key badges (owners, managers or supervisors) are allowed in marijuana businesses without supervision, and there are strict rules on when other employees can work on marijuana premises. New laws will loosen restrictions on key badges and supervision which will allow more employees to work without a supervisor required. The hope is this will reduce the amount of time required for employee training and integrate workers into the business quicker.
2. Moving Locations
Currently, when marijuana businesses try to move in Colorado, they have to pay several different fees and are forced re-apply for different licenses. A new law will allow businesses to simply pay a moving fee and not have to pay for things they've already paid for.
3. Contaminated marijuana
A new set of rules could drastically change the quality of marijuana in Colorado. A new law is attempting to set up a program for testing marijuana for various contaminants. If a product fails two different tests, it must be destroyed. The testing program is still in the works to figure out the specifics, but it should ensure a safer, healthier product for Colorado residents.
4. Infused products
A new law that will mostly affect businesses will allow medical-infused growers to sell wholesale marijuana.
Another change will be about how businesses will be required to label their products. Colorado officials have been in contact with Oregon and Washington to come up with something similar to a universal labeling requirements. Businesses have argued that proposals currently sent out by the state are too restrictive and unnecessary, while proponents have argued that marijuana should be held to the same standard as Tylenol or other medications. The labeling requirements are still be hashed out but they should be available later this month.
So while most of these laws will not dramatically change the marijuana industry in Colorado, particularly for consumers, it still attempts to make the products safer and make the state's industry more mainstream.