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Less than a year after the program began in full, a legislator wants to change the law that made marijuana delivery legal in Colorado.
Introduced March 3 by Representative Marc Snyder, a Democrat from El Paso County, House Bill 1159 proposes several new qualifications for the state’s delivery program if dispensaries want to begin mobile transactions, including a minimum number of days and hours of in-store operation.
Attempts to tweak the delivery program had been expected this session, even though the Colorado Legislature just legalized delivery in 2019. That bill allowed for medical marijuana in 2020, with recreational coming online in 2021 — and in all cases, municipalities have to opt into allowing the service. So far, only two towns, Superior and Aurora, have opted into recreational delivery, while Longmont and Boulder both allow medical delivery only.
From the start, there has been resistance to the delivery framework created by the law, with detractors worried that Amazon-like warehouses could take advantage of the language requiring that any marijuana delivery permit also have a dispensary sales license — without specifying if that license must be connected to an active, operating storefront. Snyder’s bill proposes that any dispensary with a delivery permit must be open at least five days a week for five hours a day, and would limit delivery sales to products that are also available at the physical store, available at the same price.
The bill would also prohibit dispensaries from allowing customers to hold pre-paid accounts, a popular form of cashless payment in the marijuana industry, and waive an application fee for social