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Regarding Denver Relief:

As the longest running medical cannabis center in Denver, Denver Relief has made it a point to go above and beyond all State and Federal requirements for producing and dispensing medical cannabis. We’ve taken such measures as keeping tedious records (all backed up on a secure server) of our Patient’s documentation. This made it practically seamless for us to transition into regulations set forth by HB1284 that require a State License for a Medical Marijuana Center as well. Denver Relief has operations in place that allow us to grow over 70% of our medicine. Our sister consulting company conducts random and periodic inspections and compliance audits of our store and provide assistance with evaluating and improving our facility and services. In addition, all edibles are made in a health certified kitchen by a trained chef.

 

Regarding Patients:

Section 2(6)(f)3 of HB1284 states, “If a patient elects to use a licensed medical marijuana center, the patient shall register the primary center he or she intends to use.” This does not state that the Patient must remain exclusive to their “primary center.” As before this allows medical marijuana centers to grow plants for each patient who has named them as their primary provider. This is the job of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to keep track of.

Section 2(2) of HB1284 defines the term “Primary Caregiver” as “a natural person, other than the patient or the patient’s physician […].” “Medical Marijuana Center” is the name given to a person or business licensed under the terms of HB1284, which is entirely separate from the “Primary Caregiver” authorized by Amendment 20. HB1284 clearly states; a Medical Marijuana Center is not a Primary Caregiver.

 

Regarding Medical Marijuana Centers:

Early drafts of HB 1284 included various limits on patients a MMJ Center can serve but those limits were removed. A MMJ Center can serve as many patients as they want, and may grow whatever number of plants are authorized by the patients naming the MMJ Center as their “primary center.” Medical marijuana centers can expect one-time state fees — depending on the number of patients — divided between medical marijuana center, grow and infused product medication licenses, with undetermined annual fees to come later.

The Department of Revenue’s auditors will conduct regular visits, looking at plant numbers, previous harvests, expected harvests, patient counts and more. HB 1284 grants the Department of Revenue the right to audit the books and records kept by the business during normal business hours. HB 1284 also states, “nothing in this article shall be construed to limit a law enforcement agency’s ability to investigate unlawful activity in relation to a medical marijuana center, optional premises cultivation operation, or medical marijuana infused products manufacturer.” This section doesn’t say, “law enforcement gets to shred all existing laws on warrants, searches or seizures.” It specifically says “unlawful activity”, which would not include medical marijuana provider activities allowed by Amendment 20 and HB 1284.

 

Regarding Recreational Marijuana Centers:

The first retail sales were legally authorized to begin on Jan. 1, 2014, in licensed stores, subject to inspections, hearings and other criteria. A retail marijuana store may only sell “retail marijuana,” as defined by the Colorado Department of Revenue to adults 21 years of age or older, which has been sourced from a licensed Retail Marijuana Cultivation Facility or a Retail Marijuana Products Manufacturing Facility. A retail marijuana store may not sell or give away any consumable product that is not a retail marijuana product including, but not limited to, cigarettes or tobacco products, alcohol beverages, and non-alcohol beverages or food products that are not retail marijuana product.

Marijuana-infused food operations must comply with the Denver Food Establishment Rules and Regulations just as all other food businesses do, as well as with any applicable state regulations. They are also subject to inspection by the Food Safety Section of the Denver Department of Environmental Health’s Public Health Inspection Division.  Marijuana-infused food operations that manufacture food in Denver must obtain the Denver MIP (Marijuana Infused Products) license. Adult residents can grow up to 6 marijuana plants per person, with no more than 3 in the mature/flowering stage at any time. No more than 12 total plants are allowed per residence, regardless of the number of adults living there. Children and pets should be kept away from plants at all times.

 

For More Information:

Please visit the State Department of Revenue and the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses for more information on the processes and rules concerning licensed establishments.

 

Contact Sensible Colorado about advocacy efforts:

http://www.sensiblecolorado.org

 

Contact Denver Marijuana Information Office:

Email: marijuanainfo@denver.gov

 

Contact Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division:

Denver Office (Headquarters):

The office is open Monday – Friday, 8:00AM-5:00PM, excluding State Holidays. Occupational Licensing in the Denver Office is available on a walk-in basis from 8:00 -11:00AM and 1:00PM – 2:00PM. Occupational Licensing is available in the other offices by appointment only.

455 Sherman St., Suite 390

Denver, CO 80203

303-205-8421