Marijuana dispensaries in Colorado must follow state and local rules, which vary according to whether the dispensary sells medical or recreational marijuana, reports John Ingold for The Denver Post. Recreational dispensaries must follow hours restrictions, minimum age limits, security specifications and regulations related to product packaging, advertisements, employees and more.
Recreational marijuana stores in Colorado can sell to anyone over 21 years of age with verifiable identification, according to Ingold. As of 2015, the stores can only operate between the hours of 8 a.m. and midnight, unless city regulations require a more restrictive schedule. Sellers of recreational marijuana require a license. Colorado state law requires businesses that sell recreational marijuana to install a security camera to record customers and employees at the cash register. Additional cameras are required at entrances and exits.
Recreational marijuana sold in dispensaries must be in opaque, child-resistant packaging that is properly labeled with the potency, chemicals used in cultivation, state official decal and other information. People are not permitted to consume marijuana on site at the shops, explains Ingold. There is no rule in Colorado that limits how much a dispensary can sell to a customer. However, state residents are only legally permitted to possess up to 1 ounce at a time.