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can you grow cannabis in colorado

Can you grow cannabis in colorado

The laws regarding CBD in Colorado are confusing. It’s still illegal at federal level, yet CBD products are sold in stores and online in many forms; as skincare products, as a supplement and in food.

  • Individuals must be 21 years or over to buy, use or own it.
  • Cannabis must not be shared, sold or given to anyone under 21 years old.
  • ID must be shown when purchasing cannabis, to provide proof of age.

This is because obtaining cannabis from a medical professional comes with certain obstacles. For example, the patient must visit their doctor annually, in order to keep being approved for the drug. They must also pay a $25 processing fee.

In 2014, Colorado legalised recreational cannabis use. Now, individuals can purchase cannabis from a licenced retailer, as long as the amount doesn’t exceed one ounce (28 grams). This law has resulted in a reduction in medicinal cannabis users (as it’s easier to obtain from a retailer than a doctor), and interestingly, fewer younger people are using it too.
There’s a limit to how much THC (the substance in cannabis that’s responsible for the ‘high) drivers can legally have in their bloodstream while driving. If an individual is caught driving a vehicle while over the limit, they may be given a ‘driving under the influence’ or DUI charge.
If you are travelling to Colorado (or currently live there), you may be interested to know the following:
The state law permits individuals to grow cannabis at home. Up to six plants per person are permitted, with a maximum of three flowering at the same time.
The FDA has specifically said that CBD cannot be legally used as an ingredient in food or drink. This law applies in Colorado; however, given the prevalence of CBD products, it will be hard for US authorities to police the industry.

The law states that drivers must have less than 5 nanograms of THC per millilitre of whole blood. This applies to those using medicinal cannabis too.

Colorado legalised cannabis use in 2014, and authorities are focusing on educating people on how to use the drug safely and responsibly – read on for more.

Currently, the state allows potential business owners to open a medical or retail marijuana dispensary in Colorado. Whether this is possible or not will hinge heavily on the city and/or county of choice, as the state allows the local municipalities to ban or place moratoriums on whether to license dispensaries for operation or not.

The situation is nearly identical to that of dispensaries. The city and county would need to allow you to be licensed before you can be allowed to cultivate for medical or recreational purposes. Right now, if you’re on the medical side of the industry, you would be required to own/operate a dispensary in order to cultivate any cannabis/marijuana for anything other than personal consumption. For the recreational side, you can be an independent cultivator/grower. Either way, the steps are similar:
Currently, the state has two sides of the marijuana industry: medical and recreational (commonly known as “retail”). The below businesses can be started. The main requirement for owning any (medical or recreational) marijuana business is you need to be a current resident of the state of Colorado and have been living there for at least 2 years prior to applying for a license. Although, the regulations are not so black and white in regards to foreign entities as well as foreign investment coming into the state’s marijuana industry. So there may be opportunities for foreigners to have a hand in a business. But the state has given precedence to completely home-grown companies.

  1. Create your marijuana edibles/extractions/infused products business plan.
  2. Determine your potential location(s) and investigate whether licensing is possible in the prospective cities or counties.
  3. Install your business infrastructure.
  4. Acquire the necessary licenses to operate your facility and be legally compliant.
  5. Install the operational infrastructure to be in accordance with all regulations and then open your doors for business.
  6. Contract with dispensaries to provide your products to them as well as contract with cultivators to grow marijuana for you – this step will depend on whether you are on the medical or retail side of the industry.
  1. Create your cultivation/growing business plan.
  2. Determine your potential location(s) and investigate whether licensing is possible in the prospective cities or counties.
  3. Install your business infrastructure. Basically, you need to form your company so your cultivation facility can operate legally.
  4. Acquire the necessary licenses to operate your growing facility and be completely legal and compliant.
  5. Install the operational infrastructure to be in accordance with all regulations and then open your doors for business.
  6. Contract to provide product with dispensaries and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow marijuana for them – this will depend on whether you are on the medical or retail side of the industry.

These types of business are allowed and, as time goes on, regulations for these businesses are getting more and more fleshed out. The steps are similar to all the other businesses.
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The state has also removed the restriction of requiring applicants for retail licenses to have already been licensed and operational in the medical marijuana side of the industry.

If you’re not sure how or where to start, what the requirements are and a host of other critical to-do items, you need to grab our Starter Package, as there’s a lot to do at the beginning of starting your cannabis business that no one tells you about.

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