Marijuana dispensaries will soon have to restrict daily purchases of concentrates and ensure their products explicitly state serving sizes.
Gov. Jared Polis signed HB21-1317 into law Thursday, instituting the most sweeping piece of regulatory legislation for the marijuana industry since Colorado first legalized recreational use in 2012.
The purchase limits for concentrates like wax and shatter will now be 8 grams per patient 21 and over (2 grams for those 18-20 years old, with some exceptions), a fifth of what they used to be. Dispensaries also will be required to use a real-time state database to make sure people don’t go to another dispensary and purchase more than the daily concentrate limit.
The new limits and some other provisions of the law will take effect Jan. 1, 2022. Additional regulations will make it harder for people ages 18-20 to get medical marijuana cards, and the Colorado School of Public Health is charged with analyzing research related to high-potency THC marijuana and concentrates and creating an educational campaign.
The bipartisan bill passed the legislature with little opposition from lawmakers, and was championed by parents and physicians who spoke about the effects of the high-potency concentrates on children and teens.