Colo. pot shops face surveillance, shorter hours
June 27, 2011
DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s marijuana industry will become the nation’s most regulated on July 1, and pot shops are scrambling to comply with new seed-to-sale tracking, shorter business hours and mandatory video surveillance for growing plants and finished products.
Some of the requirements, such as a grow-your-own regulation forcing pot shops to grow 70 percent of the pot they sell, have already taken effect. But most rules kick in July 1, including background checks for everyone working around medical marijuana to screen out drug felons.
Other rules include video surveillance of both growing marijuana plants and finished pot products, a move to make sure medical pot doesn’t end up on the black market. The state also plans to enforce a statewide 8 p.m. closing time for pot shops.