Colo. Rev. Stat. § 44-10-609

Current through Chapter 40 of the 2023 Legislative Session
Section 44-10-609 - Marijuana hospitality business license
(a) The state licensing authority may issue a marijuana hospitality business license authorizing the licensee to operate a licensed premises in which marijuana may be consumed pursuant to this article 10, rules promulgated pursuant to this article 10, and the provisions of the ordinance or resolution of the local jurisdiction in which the licensee operates.
(b) Subject to provisions of this article 10 and the ordinance or resolution of the local jurisdiction in which the licensee operates, a retail food business as defined in section 25-4-1602(14) that does not hold a license or permit issued pursuant to article 3, 4, or 5 of this title 44 may apply for a license to operate a marijuana hospitality business in an isolated portion of the premises of the retail food business. A retail food business operating a marijuana hospitality business pursuant to this subsection (1)(b) is subject to the terms and conditions of article 4 of title 25 and the rules promulgated pursuant to that article, including but not limited to licensure requirements and inspection and enforcement authority of the Colorado department of public health and environment. This subsection (1)(b) does not authorize the marijuana hospitality business to engage in the manufacture of medical marijuana-infused products or retail marijuana products or to add marijuana to foods produced or provided at the retail food business.
(c) If a municipality, county, city, or city and county has in effect as of January 1, 2020, an ordinance or resolution related to consumption of marijuana, nothing in this section restricts the enforcement of that ordinance or resolution, and the local jurisdiction may, by ordinance or resolution, require a business operating as a place for on-site marijuana consumption to be licensed pursuant to this section.
(d) The state licensing authority shall maintain a list of all marijuana hospitality businesses in the state and shall make the list available on its website.
(2) A marijuana hospitality business shall not:
(a) Engage in or permit the sale or exchange for remuneration of retail or medical marijuana, retail marijuana products, or medical marijuana-infused products in the licensed premises;
(b) Allow on-duty employees of the business to consume any marijuana in the licensed premises of the business;
(c) Distribute or allow distribution of free samples of marijuana in the licensed premises of the business;
(d) Allow the consumption of alcohol on the licensed premises;
(e) Allow the smoking of tobacco or tobacco products in the licensed premises of the business;
(f) Allow the use of any device using any liquid petroleum gas, a butane torch, a butane lighter, or matches in the licensed premises if prohibited by local ordinance or resolution;
(g) Allow any activity that would require an additional license under this article 10 in the licensed premises of the business, including but not limited to sales, manufacturing, or cultivation;
(h) Knowingly permit any activity or acts of disorderly conduct as described in section 18-9-106;
(i) Permit the use or consumption of marijuana by a patron who displays any visible signs of intoxication;
(j) Permit rowdiness, undue noise, or other disturbances or activity offensive to the average citizen or to the residents of the neighborhood in which the licensed premises is located; or
(k) Admit into the licensed premises of the business any person who is under twenty-one years of age.
(3) A marijuana hospitality business shall:
(a) Operate the business in a decent, orderly, and respectable manner;
(b) Require all employees of the business to have a valid responsible vendor designation, as described in section 44-10-1201;
(c) Ensure that the display and consumption of any marijuana is not visible from outside of the licensed premises of the business;
(d) Educate consumers of marijuana by providing informational materials regarding the safe consumption of marijuana. The materials must be based on the requirements established by the marijuana educational oversight committee, established pursuant to section 24-20-112(4), and on the relevant research from the panel of health- care professionals appointed pursuant to section 25-1.5-110. Nothing in this subsection (3)(d) prohibits a local jurisdiction from adopting additional requirements for education on safe consumption.
(e) Maintain a record of all educational materials required by subsection (3)(d) of this section in the licensed premises for inspection by state and local licensing authorities and law enforcement; and
(f) If an emergency requires law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical service providers, or other public safety personnel to enter a marijuana hospitality business, ensure that all employees and patrons of the business cease all consumption and other activities until such personnel have completed their investigation or services and have left the licensed premises.
(4) A marijuana hospitality business and its employees may remove an individual from the business for any reason, including a patron who displays any visible signs of intoxication.

C.R.S. § 44-10-609

Amended by 2022 Ch. 111,§3, eff. 1/1/2023.
Added by 2019 Ch. 340,§20, eff. 1/1/2020.
L. 2019: Entire section added, (HB 19-1230), ch. 3121, p. 3121, § 20, effective January 1, 2020.

Section 26 of chapter 340 (HB 19-1230), Session Laws of Colorado 2019, provides that the act adding this section takes effect only if SB 19-224 becomes law and takes effect January 1, 2020. SB 19-224 became law and took effect January 1, 2020.

2022 Ch. 111, was passed without a safety clause. See Colo. Const. art. V, § 1(3).