July 30, 2014

SB 12-154: Creation of Standards for Responsible Medical Marijuana Vendors and for Training of Medical Marijuana Vendors to Receive Responsible Vendor Designation

On February 29, 2012, Sen. Lois Tochtrop introduced HB 12-1226 – Concerning Standards for Responsible Medical Marijuana Vendors. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

A person who wants to operate a responsible medical marijuana vendor server and seller training program must submit an application to the medical marijuana state licensing authority. The authority shall approve a program if the program contains, at a minimum, the following components:

  • Program standards that specify, at a minimum, who must attend, the time frame for new staff to attend, recertification requirements, record-keeping, testing and assessment protocols, and effectiveness evaluations; and
  • A core curriculum of pertinent statutory and regulatory provisions

The state medical marijuana licensing authority may grant a licensed medical marijuana business a “responsible vendor” designation. A business receives the designation if all employees who sell or handle medical marijuana, all managers, and all resident on-site owners successfully complete a program that the authority has approved. A designation is valid for 2 years from the date of issuance. If a licensing authority brings an administrative action against a business that has received the designation, the licensing authority shall consider the designation as mitigation. On March 14 the Business, Labor and Technology Committee amended the bill and moved it to the full Senate for consideration on 2nd Reading.

Since this summary, the bill passed a Second Reading with amendments, and on March 21, the bill passed a Third Reading in the Senate, but the Third Reading was reconsidered that same day.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.

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