Colorado Pot Dispensaries Face Closure Under Tough New Rules

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Federal drug authorities say nearly a fifth of Colorado's medical marijuana dispensary operators could be forced out of business in coming weeks because of new state rules.

The Colorado Legislature last session passed the state's first pot-shop licensing plan, which includes a provision that dispensary owners haven't been convicted of a felony in the past five years.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says 18 percent of current dispensaries could be shuttered under the no-felon rule. Dispensaries are required apply for state licenses by Sunday.

It's unclear how long it'll take for the state to start closing shops that don't meet the new requirements.

The man tasked with enforcing the rules says he anticipates 2,200 applications, with only three employees and no supplies to process them.

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