Marijuana training program approved in Colorado

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – A marijuana proposal aimed at training people who work in medical marijuana businesses awaits the governor’s pen in Colorado.

The Senate voted 23-12 Tuesday to create a “responsible medical marijuana vendor” designation.

The optional designation would allow pot shops to train employees in state marijuana regulation and how to spot fake marijuana cards. In exchange, the businesses could get a break if they run afoul of state regulations. A similar designation already exists for the alcohol industry.

Looming recreational marijuana shops wouldn’t be covered by the measure. The Legislature is still hammering out rules for non-medical pot shops, though a “responsible vendor” analogy is considered likely.

The marijuana industry backed the “responsible vendor” measure. It passed the House last month.