Colorado is known around the nation as one of the most progressive states when it comes to cannabis. That’s why it shocked many in The Centennial State when Gov. Hared Polis signed HB21-1317 into law on Thursday (June 24). The new law limits the amount of cannabis concentrates that patients will be allowed to purchase at dispensaries across the state.
This law is the most widespread cannabis bill since Colorado legalized the plant in 2012. There will now be purchase limits on concentrates like wax, oil, shatter, budder, and more. The daily limits for concentrates like wax and shatter are now 8 grams per patient 21 and over and 2 grams for anyone 18-20 years old. This is a fifth of the old limit. The limits will begin on January 1, 2022.
That’s not all. Dispensaries must also use a real-time database to ensure that people don’t go to another dispensary and pick up some more concentrates. Other provisions in the law make it more difficult for anyone under 21 to get a medical marijuana card. On the health and research side, the law mandates that the Colorado School of Public Health conducts studies pertaining to high-potency THC cannabis plants and products.
The HB21-1317 bill was bipartisan and easily made its way through state offices. Bill sponsor Rep. Yadira Caraveo (D), who is also a pediatrician, made a point to highlight the goal of the bill. “The prime thing is to reduce the access for teenagers,” Caraveo stated. She believes that kids can, “get their hands on an incredible amount of products and very concentrated products that they can then give or sell to people their age or younger who don’t yet have access to legal market because they’re not 21.”