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36-2858. Lawful operation of marijuana establishments and marijuana testing facilities
(Caution: 1998 Prop. 105 applies)
A. Except as specifically and expressly provided in section 36-2857 and notwithstanding any other law, it is lawful and is not an offense under the laws of this state or any locality, may not constitute the basis for detention, search or arrest, and may not constitute the sole basis for seizure or forfeiture of assets or the basis for imposing penalties under the laws of this state or any locality for:
1. A marijuana establishment, or an agent acting on behalf of a marijuana establishment, to:
(a) Possess marijuana or marijuana products.
(b) Purchase, sell or transport marijuana and marijuana products to or from a marijuana establishment.
(c) Sell marijuana and marijuana products to consumers, except that a marijuana establishment may not sell more than one ounce of marijuana to a consumer in a single transaction, not more than five grams of which may be in the form of marijuana concentrate.
(d) Cultivate, produce, test or process marijuana or manufacture marijuana or marijuana products by any means, including chemical extraction or chemical synthesis.
2. An agent acting on behalf of a marijuana establishment to sell or otherwise transfer marijuana to an individual under twenty-one years of age, if the agent reasonably verified that the individual appeared to be twenty-one years of age or older by means of a government-issued photographic identification in compliance with rules adopted pursuant to section 36-2854, subsection A, paragraph 6.
3. A marijuana testing facility, or an agent acting on behalf of a marijuana testing facility, to obtain, possess, process, repackage, transfer, transport or test marijuana and marijuana products.
4. A nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary or a marijuana establishment, or an agent acting on behalf of a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary or a marijuana establishment, to sell or otherwise transfer marijuana or marijuana products to a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary, a marijuana establishment or an agent acting on behalf of a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary or a marijuana establishment.
5. Any individual, corporation or other entity to sell, lease or otherwise allow property or goods that are owned, managed or controlled by the individual, corporation or other entity to be used for any activity authorized by this chapter, or to provide services to a marijuana establishment, or marijuana testing facility or agent acting on behalf of a marijuana establishment or marijuana testing facility in connection with any activity authorized by this chapter.
B. This section does not preclude the department from imposing penalties against a marijuana establishment or marijuana testing facility for failing to comply with this chapter or rules adopted pursuant to this chapter.
C. A marijuana establishment may be owned or operated by a publicly traded company.
D. Notwithstanding any other law, a dual licensee:
1. May hold a marijuana establishment license and operate a marijuana establishment pursuant to this chapter.
2. May operate on a for-profit basis if the dual licensee promptly notifies the department and department of revenue and takes any actions necessary to enable its for-profit operation, including converting its corporate form and amending its organizational and operating documents.
3. Must continue to hold both its marijuana establishment license and nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary registration, regardless of any change in ownership of the dual licensee, unless it terminates its status as a dual licensee and forfeits either its marijuana establishment license or nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary registration by notifying the department of such a termination and forfeiture.
4. Is not required to:
(a) Employ or contract with a medical director.
(b) Obtain nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary agent or marijuana facility agent registrations for outside vendors that do not have regular, unsupervised access to the interior of the dual licensee's premises.
(c) Have a single secure entrance as required by section 36-2806, subsection C, but may be required to implement appropriate security measures to deter and prevent the theft of marijuana and to reasonably regulate customer access to the premises.
(d) Comply with any other provision of chapter 28.1 of this title or any rule adopted pursuant to chapter 28.1 of this title that makes its operation as a dual licensee unduly burdensome.
E. Notwithstanding any other law, a dual licensee that elects to operate on a for-profit basis pursuant to subsection D, paragraph 2 of this section:
1. Is subject to the taxes imposed pursuant to title 43.
2. Is not required to submit its annual financial statements or an audit report to the department for purposes of renewing its nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary registration.
F. Notwithstanding any other law, a dual licensee must conduct both of the following operations at a shared location:
1. Sell marijuana and marijuana products to consumers pursuant to this chapter.
2. Dispense marijuana to registered qualifying patients and registered designated caregivers pursuant to chapter 28.1 of this title.
G. Notwithstanding chapter 28.1 of this title or any rule adopted pursuant to chapter 28.1 of this title, a dual licensee may engage in any act, practice, conduct or transaction allowed for a marijuana establishment by this chapter.
H. Notwithstanding any other law:
1. An individual may be an applicant, principal officer or board member of more than one marijuana establishment or more than one dual licensee regardless of the establishment's location.
2. Two or more marijuana establishments or dual licensees may designate a single off-site location as prescribed in section 36-2850, paragraph 21, subdivision (c) to be jointly used by those dual licensees or marijuana establishments.
I. Marijuana establishments, marijuana testing facilities and dual licensees that are subject to applicable federal or state antidiscrimination laws may not pay their employees differently based solely on a protected class status such as sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age or disability. This subsection does not expand or modify the jurisdictional reach, provisions or requirements of any applicable antidiscrimination law.