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Colorado Refines Its Marijuana Regulations With New Distribution Law

Colorado was at the forefront of marijuana legalization, and so far, the experiment has been successful, but as with all experiments, refinement is usually needed. In this instance, it’s centering around how marijuana products are distributed, in order to ensure efficiency across dispensaries within the state.

Just as Nevada was rolling out its own legalization of marijuana on July 1st, Colorado lawmakers signed legislation tweaking regulations for marijuana distribution. One of those tweaks was allowing for more reasonable delivery times for couriers and other distributors. Another major shift in the law allows those couriers to store products in third-party locations.

The original law dictated that independent distributors had to take their products directly from a licensed cultivation/production facility to a dispensary all in the same day. Transfers that would go over that 24-hour deadline would have to be returned to the production facility.

The new law now allows for a seven-day transfer from companies with either medical and/or retail licenses. This is due to the part of the original regulations that forbid a cannabis distributor to sell products to a retailer. They instead are only allowed to act as couriers, delivering products to dispensaries.

An added benefit to the time extension is that more product can be stored long term, making inventory more available to the dispensaries. Pat Duddy, owner-operator of Green Parcel Services, is thankful for the new law, stating that the old regulation was “pretty tough” when driving seven hours from Denver to Durango or perhaps Telluride.

Since dispensaries number in the upper hundreds in Colorado, the tweak in the regulations makes sense for all concerned, and those who consume cannabis in concentrate and edible form will likely benefit from the looser restriction, especially in places like Telluride where there is not a lot of immediate product distribution.

 

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