Code of Ethics

R estriction to Patients and in the case of recreational, persons over 21 years of age only. Sales from a Medical Cannabis Dispensary shall be limited to qualified patients and their primary caregivers as defined by Colorado Amendment 20.

Screening of Patients. SCCC Certified Dispensaries and producers must make reasonable efforts to ensure that all patients served are legally qualified under Colorado Amendment 20. Verification of patient status includes at least the following elements:

(1a) Inspection of an original copy of a letter of recommendation from a licensed physician; or

(1b) Colorado state medical marijuana registry card, aka. “Red card”;

(2) Verification of the patients identity and Colorado residency with state issued identification;

(3) Receipt of mailing to the registry

No diversion to non-patients or persons under the age of 21.

No dispensary, agent of a dispensary, producer, or patient shall sell, barter, give away, or otherwise distribute cannabis to persons who are not qualified patients or caregivers.

Records. Dispensaries, recreational stores, manufacturers, and producers shall maintain accurate patient records necessary to demonstrate patient eligibility under the law. All patient records shall be kept in a secure location and regarded as strictly confidential.

Business Practices. Dispensaries, recreational stores, and producers shall maintain the highest possible professional standards regarding the operation of their business affairs, including obtaining any required permits, licenses, registrations, etc.

Nondiscrimination. Neither dispensaries, recreational stores, nor producers shall discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental condition, or social-economic status of any patient.

Security. Dispensaries, recreational stores, and producers shall maintain adequate security to protect the welfare of patients and the community.

Good neighbors. Dispensaries, recreational stores, and producers shall conduct their business in a manner that is respectful of their neighbors and the community. The facilities shall be kept clean and in good repair, both inside and out. Dispensaries and producers shall seek to ensure that there is no adverse impact to surrounding homes and businesses.

Public Education. Dispensaries, recreational stores, and producers shall educate their patients and the community regarding the reasonable use of cannabis, the potential risks and benefits of cannabis use, or other issues impacting their well-being.

Patient Service. Maintain a high quality of service and a reputation for honesty and fairness. Refuse agreements that are unfair to the patient. Respect the privacy and property rights of one’s patients. Conduct oneself in a professional manner and represent a patients’ best interest within the limits of one’s professional responsibility. Always teach employees to understand the needs of the patient.

Competition. Foster fair competition based on professional qualification, product, and merit. Never engage in malicious or deliberately inaccurate criticism of the reputation or work of another competitor. Never conspire with others to fix prices, organize illegal boycotts, nor engage in other unfair competitive practices.

General Ethics. Never advance one’s own interests at the expense of the overall industry. Never offer nor accept bribes, kickbacks, or other unethical inducements. Donate time for the betterment of the profession and industry. Honor one’s legal, financial, and ethical obligations toward employees, suppliers, and patients. Never take unfair advantage of one’s position as an employer of patients, assistants, employees or contract labor.