Colorado to Allow Online Sale of Marijuana Under Emergency Ruling
After a brief shut down of dispensaries, they have been deemed essential, with many offering curbside pickup to prevent people from coming inside. However, being a cash-only business, there have been some fears over handling money.
Now, under Colorado’s emergency ruling, customers will be allowed to pay for marijuana online to prevent handling cash on either side of the transaction.
“We have an opportunity to prove that cannabis businesses can run these operations and do so effectively under extremely dire circumstances,” said Morgan Fox, a spokesman for the Denver-based National Cannabis Industry Association.
This is easier said than done, however, as credit card companies are reluctant to allow purchases due to the illegality of marijuana nationwide. Marijuana delivery, also legal in Colorado, has also been having some difficulties taking off.
The Marijuana Enforcement Division can’t authorize online recreational sales without a change in state law, but it will continue to evaluate whether the emergency rules should be amended, renewed or repealed, according to the governor’s office.
Under state law, emergency rules can only stay in effect for 120 days.