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First Cannabis Delivery Permit Under New Law Issued in Colorado

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One of Colorado’s biggest dispensary chains will become the first to deliver medical cannabis under a new state law.

The Dandelion, owned by retail chain Native Roots, became the first dispensary in Colorado to receive a medical cannabis delivery license from the state Marijuana Enforcement Division. House Bill 1234, passed by Colorado legislature in 2019, legalized medical cannabis deliveries, but left it up to individual jurisdictions whether to allow them or not. However, because local jurisdictions must approve deliveries, drivers will be restricted to Boulder, where The Dandelion dispensary is, and the nearby town of Superior, another jurisdiction that approved medical cannabis deliveries. “The state rightly prioritized the medical patient community for cannabis delivery, many of whom suffer from illness, pain and mobility issues,” said Shannon Fender, director of public affairs for Native Roots. “Boulder was incredibly forward-thinking when it passed legislation years ago permitting delivery to medical patients.”

Patients will have to register as members with the dispensary to qualify for delivery. Signing up requires visiting the dispensary in person, but the company is looking for ways to do it remotely due to the growing coronavirus concerns. “The Chamber is excited that Boulder is leading the way on regulation for cannabis delivery. Native Roots has been an upstanding member not only of the cannabis industry, but of the Boulder business community at large,” said Andrea Menegheal, Boulder Chamber Director of Public Affairs. “We look forward to what this means for how our businesses strive to serve the patient community and as other jurisdictions begin policy conversations on cannabis delivery services.”

Colorado saw its best year in terms of cannabis sales last year and is poised to grow as home deliveries make purchasing cannabis easier and the state begins to embrace social consumption lounges. Under the new law, recreational deliveries wouldn’t begin until 2021.