Laws: Constitution, Statutes and Regulations - Marijuana Enforcement

Constitution
Colorado's marijuana industries are in place due to the passage of citizen ballot initiatives to modify our state's constitution.  Both sections addressing Colorado's marijuana industries are contained within  Article XVIII:  Section 14 Medical Use of Marijuana for Persons Suffering from Debilitating Medical Conditions   and Section 16 Personal Use and Regulation of Marijuana (Recreational).

Executive Orders Specific to Marijuana Regulation 
A rule or order issued by the Colorado Governor to Executive Branch Agencies,  such as the Department of Revenue, which are generally used to direct state agencies in their execution of state statute or policy.  
Governor Hickenlooper's Executive Order Addressing Implementation of SB 13-283, June 2013
Governor Hickenlooper's Executive Order Addressing Threats to Public Safety Posed by Marijuana Contaminated by Pesticide, November 12, 2015


Statutes 
The Colorado General Assembly provides the Marijuana Enforcement Division with the authority to carry out its mission through the passage of legislation, which make up the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) The Medical Marijuana Code is comprised of C.R.S. 12-43.3-101 et. seq. and the Retail Marijuana Code is comprised of C.R.S. 12-43.4-101 et. seq.   Review  a copy of the C.R.S.  


Regulations 
In accordance with direction and mandates provided via the C.R.S.,  the Division promulgates regulations under which Colorado's Medical and Retail Marijuana  industries are expected to operate.  These regulations are put in place in accordance with  the Colorado Administrative Procedures Act (C.R.S.24-4-101 et. seq.) and no permanent rules are enacted without formal public comment hearings.  Additionally, the MED has instituted the use of stakeholder working groups to generate the initial draft of proposed rules with which to begin the formal rulemaking process. 
 
 
Amalgamated Version of Current Retail Marijuana Rules, Effective January 1, 2017 (includes both Permanent and Emergency Rules)
 
 
 

MED Rulemaking Page


Industry Bulletins
At times it is necessary to provide industry members with time-sensitive information that provides additional guidance, short-term modification or clarification of compliance mandates. In those instances the MED issues Industry Bulletins.  Industry Bulletins that are issued prior to current statutory provisions or rules may reference statutory provisions or rules that are no longer in effect.  The Marijuana Enforcement Division does not endorse or reject such bulletins.  Please seek legal counsel if you have questions as to the validity of such Industry Bulletins.
Statements of Position
In accordance with MED Rules M 104A and R 104 A, any person may petition the Division for a Statement of Position concerning the applicability to the petitioner of any provision of the Medical/Retail Code or any Regulation of the State Licensing Authority.   

Position statements that are issued prior to current statutory provisions or rules may reference statutory provisions or rules that are no longer in effect.  The Marijuana Enforcement Division does not endorse or reject such position statements.  Please seek legal counsel if you have questions as to the validity of such positions statements.

2012 Statements of Position
2014 Statements of Position
2015 Statements of Position 
2016 Statements of Position


Public Health and Safety Advisories







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