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INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS
Colorado
The state's Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) could improve its operations in several areas,
including retail cannabis store inspections and enforcing rule violations, according to a recent report
from the Office of the State Auditor.
The MED failed to inspect 36% of newly licensed cannabis retailers within a year of their permit
approvals between fiscal years 2019 and 2022, according to the 2023 Performance Audit dated July 25.
The report said the MED also:
* Failed to " conduct targeted inspections on some businesses that met risk factors. "
* Did not conduct underage compliance checks on a minority of stores marked for such checks.
* " Did not consistently cite retail marijuana stores for all violations associated with marijuana sales
to underage individuals. "
The auditor identified issues regarding MED's 2018 contract with seed-to-sale tracking system Metrc,
saying that the agency did not ensure that a sole source procurement was justified.
The MED agreed with several recommendations made by the auditor and will make changes by July
2024.
Mark Ferrandino, who led the MED's parent agency, the state Department of Revenue, said the
marijuana agency's current compliance rate is roughly 99%.
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