If pharmacies use third party delivery services, they must be a social justice licensee licensed by the state and Aurora.
AURORA, Colorado. – At least one marijuana dispensary in Aurora has deliveries to residents. More are expected to be added soon.
The city is issuing permits to shops and transport companies after an ordinance went into effect in January. The ordinance allows Aurora-licensed marijuana stores and vans with delivery permits issued by the state and the Aurora Marijuana Enforcement Division (AMED) to deliver to people in Aurora and to other consumers in jurisdictions that allow delivery.
Stores in Aurora can use their own employees for deliveries. When an Aurora store contracts with a carrier to make deliveries, it must be in a contract with a social justice carrier for the first 36 months beginning February 1, 2021.
“They want a chance to get into this industry because when we first started it, it was basically the people who had the money to get into this industry,” said Robin Peterson, manager of Aurora’s marijuana enforcement division .
Peterson said she has already issued some social justice licensees permits.
“They just want to have a business in this industry and make a living,” she said.
The state lists several eligibility criteria for obtaining a social equity license. The applicant must be a Colorado resident, not previously owned a revocable marijuana business, and the licensee must own more than half of the ownership of the business. The licensee must also say “yes” to any of the following:
- The applicant lived for at least 15 years between 1980 and 2010 in a census area designated as an Opportunity Zone or by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade designated as “disproportionately affected area”;
- The applicant or parent, legal guardian, sibling, spouse, child or minor of the applicant in their guardianship has been arrested for a marijuana offense, convicted of a marijuana offense, or civil property loss in connection with a marijuana investigation subject. or
- The applicant’s household income in the year prior to the application did not exceed 50% of the median national income based on the number of people living in the applicant’s household.
The marijuana business is high over at Terrapin Care Station in Aurora. Some customers are now returning to the counter to buy their weed, but the closure of pandemics has forced everyone to change that habit.
“When we started the pandemic, online sales were one percent and I’m not exaggerating when I say this. They rose 1900 percent overnight,” said Peter Marcus, communications director at Terrapin Care Station.
Marcus expects the Terrapin Care Station to deliver supplies to people in Aurora in the next few months. Although the stores can use their own staff for deliveries, the Terrapin Care Station will use a social equity transporter, according to Marcus.
“If you combine that with the element of social justice, not only will we create more opportunity, but we’ll also rely on a business that is their business, the business of delivery,” he said.
Colorado Harvest is currently offering deliveries in Aurora. According to their website, they can only deliver to households due to MED regulations and there can only be one delivery per household per day.
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