It is now official: If you’re a tourist visiting Colorado, you can buy a lot more marijuana than you could in the past.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law HB 1261 last week, a routine renewal of the state’s marijuana regulations. In the bill was legislation that repeals Colorado’s unique rule that permitted Colorado residents to purchase an ounce of marijuana each day. However, it limited non-residents daily purchases to a quarter-ounce of cannabis. All of that is now about to change.

“It’s good news because our state laws finally conform with our state constitution because the constitution didn’t discriminate between in-state and out of state,” said President Tyler Henson, of the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. “It’s also a big boost for the industry because now they don’t have to worry about a lot of the problems they’ve had with doing the math, especially around edibles and concentrates. It’s made things much easier for the budtenders, and now that summertime tourists are coming here for all the outdoor activities, they’ll be able to experience a lot more of what Colorado cannabis has to offer.”

Effective immediately, Colorado cannabis shops can now sell one ounce of weed to both residents and non-residents, according to state regulators. The announcement was widely welcomed amongst the nation’s cannabis industry. The state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division sent out an industry news bulletin on Wednesday, which advised recreational pot shops that the new purchasing limits were already set in place.

“A statutory change resulting from the 2016 Legislative Session eliminated the quarter ounce purchase limitation for customers unable to provide identification showing Colorado residency,” said Jim Burack, MED director, in a memo. “Sales transactions to Colorado residents and non-residents are now limited to one ounce. Regulations will be aligned with current statute during the 2016 Rulemaking Process.”

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  1. I can see why some would be hesitant to sell a lot of weed to tourists, especially for fear of them bringing it across state borders. However, it’s good that tourists will now be able to experience more of Colorado’s rapidly growing industry. Thanks for sharing.

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