Colorado Now Accepting Applications For Retail Cannabis Outlets

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director October 2, 2013

    The state of Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division yesterday began accepting formal applications from those seeking to open the first-in-the-nation retail cannabis outlets.

    The agency had accepted 23 applications by mid-day yesterday, according to The Denver Post. The agency has just under 100 appointments already scheduled this week from entrepreneurs seeking state licenses to engage in retail marijuana production, infused products operation, and/or storefront cannabis sales.

    Applicants will receive final authorization by the end of the year. Retail cannabis facilities to serve those age 21 and older are expected to be operational early next year.

    Under state law, persons 21 and older may legally possess, consume, and cultivate personal use quantities of cannabis (up to one ounce and/or six plants). Licensed business may also legally commercially produce cannabis and engage in retail sales of the plant.

    In an August memorandum, Deputy Attorney General Cole directed the US Attorneys in all 50 states, including Colorado, not to interfere with the implementation of state marijuana regulations unless such activities specifically undermined eight explicit federal law enforcement priorities.

    34 responses to “Colorado Now Accepting Applications For Retail Cannabis Outlets”

    1. Don Berry says:

      Most of the explicit federal law enforcement priorities are direct and predictable effects of prohibition. As a legal, regulated market becomes the norm and as retail prices drop, those problems will diminish.

    2. Galileo Galilei says:

      What a long, strange trip it’s been!

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    4. Evening Bud says:

      Already planning my vacation to Colo in the spring. Hopefully, there won’t be too many glitches, or opposition, before then.

    5. bummer oklahoma says:

      Amen Galileo, and it ain’t over yet!!!

    6. phrtao says:

      >Galileo Galilei. The original idea for that song was that they would continue to write verses over the years. Maybe it’s time for a new verse for the song “Puff the Magic Dragon” 😎

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    8. Douglas says:

      Can the next ( A-G )From a ( R ) Party chang the rulling that this ( D ) ( A-G ) Have made ?

    9. mexweed says:

      “Up to one ounce and/or six plants”– why leave it hanging, why not just say “one ounce and six plants”.

      One ounce, sifted to #16 grade (with seeds going to flower Pot and twigs to tea Pot) yields 900-1100 x 25-mg single tokes in 1/4″-diam. screened crater of a long-stemmed one-hitter, lasts rwffly a half year at 11 tokes per two days.

    10. jimmy says:

      When Obama had said that he and the DOJ would not interfere with medical cannabis laws and the dispensaries. Later there were raids and seizures of dispensaries.

      In an interview, Obama had said that they would not interfere with operations and individuals who are complying with the law, that the raids were due only to egregious violations of the rules/guidelines set by the federal government. It was the law-breakers they targeted, he said, not the people who went through the rigmarole of applying, getting an MD recommendation, jumping through the hoops, following the rules. Truth or BS, whatever your opinion, his explanation sounds defensible.

      So, I would think it prudent, imho, for future businesses, to document everything meticulously, AP/AR accounting and tax regulations, city code and regulations, tastefully designed/adorned buildings influenced by discretion, especially regarding signs and entrances. Considering all possible liabilities and pondering unforeseen externalities would seem to be necessity. Maybe call Saul.

      And make ID age check one of the highest priorities, no ID no service no way no exceptions. Go above and beyond what is expected, doing more than even big brother would expect of you.

      Security should be very high and very visible, such as would set a standard for the retail environment, for as long as is necessary (federal action against cannabis users ceases completely as the majority of states pass legalization measures).

      ID checking should be a full time job duty for two, or a team of employees.

      Although doubts and skepticism abound that random raids will occur regardless, but it wouldn’t be totally absurd to imagine that the drug agencies might be preparing to raid while people are preparing their businesses.

      I would think sale to a minor would be the first sort of excuse for a federal involvement, a way to get media using the old drug war reporting of “drug busts” If people start getting arrested at the border for leaving the state and re-entering the warzone with too much cannabis, or any at all.

      Hopefully desperate drug war agents will not find a way strong arm their way in and ‘send a message’ that the plutocracy, oligarchy, and their minions are still watching you, while playing the role as guardians of your public safety (lololololololol) because you’re too stupid to make your own decisions, of course.

      When national legalization comes the price of cannabis will plummet from a street value greater than gold or platinum by mass, to nearly zero or the price of fruits and veggies. And people will still seek out connoisseur quality as the regulation of cannabis like alcohol finally becomes the norm, and ending decades of tragic injustice and stupidity.