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Medical marijuana experience no longer required for state retail license

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Expect to see more bud bars in Colorado this October.
While Washington has yet to open a single retail marijuana store, Colorado marked its its six-month anniversary with recreational cannabis last week. And as with many committed relationships, there's more trust going forward.

See also: See the 88 recreational shops that have opened in Denver since January 1

Starting July 1, Colorado applications for retail marijuana business licenses no longer require current ownership of an operational medical marijuana business. The state is currently accepting new applications, with approved companies able to open as early as October 1. But even though the MMJ requirement has been removed, an applicant must still qualify as a resident of the state -- for at least two years.

The move could bring hundreds of new businesses and jobs to the state and change the landscape of the retail pot industry.

On October 1, the change will also allow retail stores and growing operations to concentrate on more specific services. Previously, retail marijuana businesses had to abide by the same requirements as the medicinal industry -- meaning dispensaries were required to grow at least 70 percent of the pot they sold.

"This doesn't change anything in the application process," says Natriece Bryant, spokeswoman at the Colorado Department of Revenue. "Every dispensary still needs to pass the same inspection and regulation as before."

As of last month, the Colorado Department of Revenue had received 292 Notice of Intent forms, which declared an applicant's plans for a retail business license. How many of those applicants were for retail dispensaries and how many for cultivation centers is unknown.

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La Conte's Clone Bar and Dispensary.
Also still hazy is the effect that lifting the MMJ requirement will have on Colorado's recreational market. Denver, already home to 88 retail shops, had previously placed a moratorium on any applications from non-MMJ license holders until 2016. Colorado Springs also has a moratorium. Aurora has no retail dispensaries, but started accepting retail applications on July 1 and has a citywide limit of 24 shops.

The state's tax revenue from retail sales was a little less than $11 million through April -- solid but unspectacular, and Westword's William Breathes recently reported on Colorado's rising number of medical patients despite recreational legalization.

Toni Savage Fox, owner of 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, thinks the new changes could hellp the industry -- but there's also the potential for hurt. "Anytime the prices drop, that's a good thing for the consumer, and we're absolutely fine with that," Fox says. "Our concern as an industry is at the cultivation level. The state already has a surplus, so where will all of this cannabis go?"

Well-aware of the predicted pot shortage in Washington once those stores finally do open, Fox says she thinks Colorado is preparing for some interstate commerce up north. "All they're waiting on is federal approval," she says. "And then they'll start selling to Washington."



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teknik
teknik

the residency clause for dispensary owners to be residents of Arizona was tossed by the courts despite it being in our voter approved law.

besmart
besmart

Good read.  Indeed, the end of cannabis prohibition has created over 9,600 jobs directly and thousands of others indirectly in security, insurance, technologies, administration and more.  With over $200,000,000 in sales in the 1st 4 months of legalization, America has shown that we can still form a 'more perfect union' using the power of the vote.  Join us.  Start your own canna-business.  www.MarijuanaBusinessAcademy.com 

Kihm Beyer
Kihm Beyer

Ha! I was in Washington for a short time last summer and you should have heard the people there talking shit about Colorado and how we don't know shit about marijuana. That's right Washington... We don't know shit.... Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

The only 'experience' needed was giving up your 5th Amendment and paying the extortion/protection fee's (licensing). 

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

"Medical marijuana experience no longer required for state retail license" -- "experience" was not required per se -- under the provisions of HB13-1317 applications for new businesses not already selling medicinal cannabis were not allowed until January 1 of this year.

"And as with many committed relationships, there's more trust going forward" -- you suppose that some committed relationships do not involve trust, do you?  "Going forward" is stupid business jargon for "in the future".

"All they're waiting on is federal approval," she says. "And then they'll start selling to Washington" -- right; Federal approval of interstate shipments of cannabis should be coming any day now.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Toni Savage Fox, owner of 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, thinks the new changes could hellp [sic] the industry -- but there's also the potential for hurt. "Anytime the prices drop, that's a good thing for the consumer, and we're absolutely fine with that," Fox says. 


LOL! ... sure you are! ... the ABUSIVELY PROFITEERING PIMPS who doubled and tripled their prices for Recreational Pot in January -- other people's medical pot -- in an obscenely greedy cash grab.


"Our concern as an industry is at the cultivation level. The state already has a surplus, so where will all of this cannabis go?" Well-aware of the predicted pot shortage in Washington once those stores finally do open, Fox says she thinks Colorado is preparing for some interstate commerce up north. "All they're waiting on is federal approval," she says. "And then they'll start selling to Washington."


When Pigs Fly!


HipTip: Every Stoner in Washington ALREADY HAS a supplier for their marijuana -- the same friends, family and acquaintences they've always scored from -- without getting raped by the GREED of the Big $$ Dispensary Cartels and ExcessiveTaxes.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"The state's tax revenue from retail sales was a little less than $11 million through April -- solid but unspectacular."


The LYING LIARS and PREVARICATING POT PIMPS behind that festering piece of shit A64 have been EXPOSED as the MENDACIOUS DISHONEST McShysters that they are.




Monkey
Monkey

@KathleenChippi Damn right!!

Experience with cannabis was never a requirement. In fact, a conviction for your experience with cannabis prevented you from the regulated market, and still does.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"Granting the DOR regulatory authority over retail sales of cannabis is not bad at all" 
-- Robert Chase

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey ... for life! 


... while all lesser crimes -- like RAPE and MURDER -- only result in a 5 year ban.


Good thing M.M.E.D has their priorities straight ... and that the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartel Cowards and their McLawyer Lobbyists rolled over and pissed on themselves regarding that issue.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@KathleenChippi


The Sept 2014 print edition -- The "CBD-Only" Trap -- where he pulls his head out of his rectum long enough to realize that bogusly over-hyping "medical" marijuana has backfired regarding overall legalization.



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