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Colorado paves the way!

Colorado paves the way!

As January 1 fast approaches, we’re keeping a close eye on Colorado to see how they handle the gritty details of marijuana legalization . . . and it’s starting to feel like passing the amendment was the easy part. Now the state’s lawmakers, businesses, and citizens have the enormous task of setting up rules and regulations on the production, sales, and consumption of the drug. Although Washington passed Amendment 64 at the same time as Colorado, they probably won’t have their regulatory system in place until summer 2014. They must be watching Colorado even more closely than we are!

So, what’s new today in Colorado marijuana restrictions?

First of all, the Denver City Council voted Monday evening to eliminate a ban on smoking pot in the front yard. As published in the Huffington Post, the communications director of Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) expressed his opinion of the vote, saying that “common sense prevailed” and explaining that if adults can consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes outside on their own property, marijuana should be no different.

While hopefully that means the Nasal Ranger won’t get quite as much use in Denver, Colorado has already figured out another high-tech cannabis tracking system. The Marijuana Inventory Tracking System will tag each marijuana plant or product. These tags will contain the facility’s retail or medical marijuana license number, a product serial number, and a “secure ID” chip. All of these numbers will be tracked through an inventory database accessible to both the business and the state.

Colorado state officials hope the tracking system will limit black market marijuana from making its rounds. Unfortunately for businesses, though, the tracking system is no cheap solution. Each plant tag and strap sells for $.45 per tag, and the product package tag goes for $.25 per tag. Other vendors will be considered in the future which may drive the cost down, but for now, it’s pretty much non-negotiable.

We’ll continue to keep you posted as Colorado paves the way for more states to come!


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