The Colorado Department of Revenue has officially released the rules under which the newly legalized marijuana retail market will be regulated. The emergency rules provide clear insight into what the market should be like once stores start officially opening next year.

The regulations cover everything from how to apply for a retail license, who qualifies as a Colorado resident, security requirements, what ID’s will be accepted, warning labels, and even font size.

Some of the regulations that would affect consumers are:

  • Colorado residences can buy up to an ounce of marijuana at a time but non-Colorado residents can buy only a quarter of an ounce.
  • Sales over the internet are prohibited. All retails sales most be made at a licensed retailer.
  • Marijuana retailers can’t sell tobacco, alcohol or food that is not a marijuana product.
  • Consumption of marijuana at a marijuana store is prohibited.
  • Marijuana must be put in a child proof package.
  • Marijuana most be labeled with the place it was grown, place it was sold, weight, a warning label and a cannabinoid potency profile.
  • A maximum standard “serving size” of THC in an edible product will be 10 mg.

The many of the rules in Colorado are remarkably similar to the draft regulations in Washington State. It would seem both states are looking towards each other for guidance. For example Colorado seems to have followed Washington’s lead by adopting 10 mg as a standard serving size and also putting a 100 mg of THC limit on how many an individual container of edible marijuana product can contain.

As marijuana legalization spreads these regulations being adopted right now in Colorado and Washington State will likely end up being a model not just for the rest country but also the world.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at