Marijuana Enforcement Division finalizes recreational pot and MMJ rules

Categories: Marijuana

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On January 10, while much of the state's cannabis community was focused on the launch of recreational sales, permanent rules for the recreational and medical marijuana industries were being quietly approved and put into effect by Colorado's Marijuana Enforcement Division. Most were unchanged from previous drafts, but cannabis concentrates for recreational use seem to have been the focus of a comprehensive set of new guidelines. You can read all of them on the Colorado Department of Revenue site, but below are a few standouts from the 57 pages of regulations.

A retail cultivation facility can only make water-based hash at its location. That means no butane extractions or CO2 extractions, though dry-ice hash does seem to be allowed. In fact, the mere possession of a non-water-based concentrate at a grow site could be a violation of the law and result in fines or disciplinary action.

Beyond that, the icewater hash has to be made in a designated room separated from the rest of the grow. That room will have to meet pretty much the same health and safety regulations that an infused-marijuana kitchen must meet, including the use of only food-grade materials. As a result, some places will have to say goodbye to the old clothes-washing machines repurposed for making loads of bubble hash. All ice and water has to be filtered before being used.

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Solvent-based concentrates must be produced using a closed-loop system in a facility certified by an industrial hygienist or professional engineer; all of the procedures must meet local and state fire and electrical codes. The only exception is for isopropyl-based extractions, which don't require a closed-loop system.

All solvents must be tested to make sure they are at least 99 percent pure. If the owners eventually decide to switch solvents to one that isn't listed in the facility's procedure manuals, they'll have to undergo a completely new set of inspections -- and if the closed-loop systems weren't specifically designed for marijuana concentrates, the equipment must be approved by a professional engineer before it can be used.

Hash makers will have to have (and follow) a step-by-step process for checking the equipment, preparing the material for processing, purging any solvents, cleaning the equipment and disposing of the waste. They'll not only need to outline that process in a training manual for employees, but they also have to do so for owners -- all of whom must undergo training on hash-making regardless of whether they are actually involved with the day-to-day production.

Finally, all concentrates will be tested for bacteria, mold, fungus and mildew, as well as for residual solvents. And starting October 1, concentrate producers will have to pass four weeks of tests before their concentrates can be sold to dispensaries.

Head over to the Marijuana Enforcement Division's site to read the rules in their entirety.

More from our Marijuana archive: "10 Best Concentrates of 2013" and "Garden City has northern Colorado's first pot shop -- naturally."

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** Regulation WORKS! -- Regulate Marijuana Like PLUTONIUM! ***



Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"All ice and water has to be filtered before being used."

So, the government-provided water is safe to drink, but unsafe for making hash…sure thing.

"Get regulated bitches" indeed! There's a certain sadism in this BS.

Kevon Lei
Kevon Lei

Guaranteed nobody has smoked bud without some sort of pesticides... sad but true!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

  ... 57 pages of regulations ...


        *** Get REGULATED, Bitches!! ... you begged for it !! ***


                     *** Regulation Works !! ***

Nikholas Muella
Nikholas Muella

Do they currently test buds sold for molds, funus, insectiside, and fungicide? If not, I don't see why they'd only test extractions.

Blayne McMillan
Blayne McMillan

I read the headline as: "Marijuana Enforcement Division realizes recreational pot and MMJ rules!"

Monkey
Monkey

When are they going to separate wholesale and retails businesses? When do retailer get to buy all their weed from independent cultivation facilities, and stop growing if they want?  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... and how about the masochism of all those clueless little bong-sucking simpletons BEGGING the Government to jackhammer the unlubricated FIST of REGULATION up their quivering anuses ... in exchange for a PATHETIC OUNCE of pot?


FREEDOM!! -- REGULATION WORKS!! -- Tax The SHIT out of IT! -- It's LEGAL Now! -- WE WON !! -- MAKING HISTORY!! -- REGULATORY FRAMEWORK! -- We're LEGITIMIZED! --  yeeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaa! ... now squeal like a pig, punks!



GuestWho
GuestWho

Pesticide laced flowers for human consumption?  Eh...no thanks.  Smart, skilled growers don't use pesticides.

Everybodhi
Everybodhi

But one can use natural pesticides that leave no residue, ladybugs, for example.

All the growers I know are very conscious of toxins and avoid them in their grow.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I have. Grew it myself. Didn't smoke it, though. I don't smoke.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... humans eat it all the time.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey ... the clueless retards don't even know the definitions of and difference between the words Retail and Recreational.





DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@timebandit <== craves the FIST of REGULATION being rammed repeatedly up his unlubricated rectum



AllIHaveRQuestions
AllIHaveRQuestions

@DonkeyHotay  I love your passion, though do I think it's focus is seriously misallocating it's full potential to create actual change for the better.  Why, if such passion were to be channeled toward your limitud guvermint brethren in the republicun controlled house, surely they'd see their utter hypocrisy in this matter and would restore the liberty of propagation for, at the very least, personal use.  The senate would then follow suit being surrounded by both the house as well as the executive branch.  But alas, fundamentalism mandates you forsake an inch of progress if you can't take the whole mile ...don't it, Donkey ?

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

Or one can simply leave the "pests" be ...

... and market their pot as "protein fortified".

timebandit
timebandit

@DonkeyHotay Remind me what this "FIST of REGULATION" is. Seems to be working out alright. Hell, I may even suggest it for yourself! It's got to be better than the literal fist you've clearly been enjoying!

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

@slimebandit you forgot to lube that fist, asshole.

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