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Sunset Regulated Marijuana

Concerning the continuation of the regulated marijuana programs, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2018 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies and making an appropriation.
2019 Regular Session
Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
Bill Summary

Sunset Process - Senate Finance Committee. Sections 1 to 44 of the bill make changes to the retail and medical marijuana codes and continue those codes until 2028 with a sunset review prior to 2028. The bill requires industrial hemp that is used in medical marijuana-infused products or retail marijuana products to be tested prior to manufacturing the product. The bill allows retail marijuana stores to sell industrial hemp consumables. The bill requires the state licensing authority to adopt equivalency standards for medical marijuana products and concentrate by July 1, 2020.

Under current law, there is an exception to the "Colorado Food and Drug Act" for medical marijuana but not one for retail marijuana. The bill repeals the exception for medical marijuana.

The bill streamlines the statutes related to license renewal by:

  • Eliminating statutory timelines for local licensing and allowing local ordinance to determine the application timelines;
  • Allowing a licensee that has submitted a timely renewal application to operate until the application is acted upon; and
  • Repealing statutes related to the order in which state and local licenses must be processed.

Under current law, there are 2 separate licenses related to research: A research and development license and the research and development cultivation license. The bill merges the 2 licenses into one.

Current law allows medical research facilities and pesticide manufacturers to obtain medical marijuana without a license. The bill repeals that provision.

The bill gives the state licensing authorities the ability to seek injunctive relief and investigatory subpoenas from district courts.

Under current law, there is a broad grant of confidentiality to records and information related to licensees. The bill provides similar protections to applicants, patients, and customers. The bill also makes the following information that was confidential available to the public: Final agency actions, testing records on an aggregated and de-identified basis, applicant and licensee demographic information on an aggregated and de-identified basis, and enforcement forms and compliance checklists.

In both the medical marijuana code and the retail marijuana code, there are unlawful acts sections that create criminal violations, but the provisions in the 2 codes are not the same. The bill makes the unlawful acts consistent.

The bill makes it an unlawful act to engage in a regulated marijuana business without the proper license and to adulterate or alter samples of marijuana or marijuana products to circumvent testing requirements.

Under current law, a person is prohibited from being licensed if the person discharged a sentence for a felony within 5 years of applying for licensure or discharged a drug felony conviction within 10 years of applying for licensure. The bill changes the law so a person is prohibited from licensure if the person was convicted of a felony within 3 years of applying for licensure or is currently serving a sentence for a felony or a deferred judgment or sentence.

The bill creates the following new categories of ownership: Controlling beneficial owner, passive beneficial owner, and indirect financial interest holder.

Under current law, a patient who has submitted an application to be on the registry but has not received a patient card must present a copy of the application and a certified mail return receipt when purchasing medical marijuana at a center. The bill repeals the requirement for a certified mail return receipt and requires proof of application.

Under current law, all fine revenue in the medical marijuana and retail marijuana programs goes to the marijuana cash fund. Generally, state fine revenue is credited to the general fund. The bill directs all fine revenue to the general fund.

The bill directs the state licensing authorities to track information on license disqualifications based on criminal history.

The bill makes technical changes and repeals obsolete provisions.

Sections 45 and 47 of the bill combine the laws for regulated medical marijuana and retail marijuana, currently separate articles in title 44, into one article in title 44.

Sections 48 to 76 of the bill make conforming amendments.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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