Robert Grandt works in the grow room at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver on March 11. Marijuana growing facilities contributed to the city's energy use increase. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

Regulating Colorado marijuana: Top state official expects “some fireworks”

The first year of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado saw several regulatory changes and amended laws, but things appear to have mellowed a bit in the first few months of 2015. Andrew Freedman, Colorado’s director of marijuana coordination, talks about the changes with Cannabist editor Ricardo Baca.

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Freedman expects “some fireworks” because there’s still tension regarding the licensed market versus the unlicensed market, which includes home grows and MMJ caregivers, who have been around a lot longer than recreational. And then there’s the issue of testing marijuana, which is required for recreational pot but not mandated for medical.

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