Guide to Marijuana Laws in Colorado

Guide to Marijuana Laws in Colorado

Perhaps the most widespread misconception is that there are no more “rules” governing marijuana use in Colorado. Some may believe that after the passage of Amendment 64 everyone in Colorado is free to light up anywhere and that marijuana can be purchased on every street corner. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Here is a basic guide* to marijuana laws in Colorado.Click on a question, and it will bring you to the answer:
Where can I legally purchase marijuana?
How old do I have to be to purchase/use marijuana?
How much marijuana can I legally possess?
Where can I use marijuana?
Where should I avoid using/possessing marijuana?
Can I grow marijuana at home?
Can I sell marijuana?
Can I go out in public after using marijuana?
Can I get a DUI for driving after using marijuana?
Will I be tested at work, even though marijuana is legal now?
Does marijuana usage affect my ability to purchase a firearm?
Can I bring marijuana with me to the ski slopes?
Can I buy marijuana in Colorado and bring it to my home state?

Where can I legally purchase marijuana?
You can only purchase marijuana from a Colorado state-licensed and registered retail location.
Each city and/or county in Colorado is allowed to pass their own legislation in regard to marijuana retail stores. Colorado Springs is one of the cities to pass a law prohibiting the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities, or retail marijuana stores.

How old do I have to be to purchase/use marijuana?
You must be 21 years old or older to legally possess marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia in Colorado. The only exception is for registered medical-marijuana patients.

How much marijuana can I legally possess?
Any adult over 21, resident or non-resident, can legally possess up to 1 ounce, or 28 grams. However, non-residents can only purchase ¼ of an ounce at a time.

Where can I use marijuana?
You can only use marijuana on private property with the permission of property owner. Outside of a private home, private marijuana social lounges are your only other option.

Where should I avoid using/possessing marijuana?
Marijuana possession and usage are still illegal on federal property – so don’t bring it to any national parks, forests, monuments, or federal buildings.

Can I grow marijuana at home?
If you are a resident of Colorado – yes. You are allowed to grow up to 6 plants in an enclosed and locked space (not outside in your garden). Bear in mind that each city can further limit this number of plants if they so choose.

Can I sell marijuana?
Not as an individual. Only Colorado state-registered and licensed distributors can legally sell marijuana. In order to become licensed, visit the Department of Revenue website.

Can I go out in public after using marijuana?
Being under the influence of marijuana in public is still illegal, just like public intoxication. Colorado Legislature has determined that 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood is considered “under the influence.”

Can I get a DUI for driving after using marijuana?
Yes. Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal, and you will be charged with a DUI/DWAI. As mentioned above, Colorado Legislature has determined that 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood is considered “under the influence.” Also, you cannot possess marijuana in a vehicle if it is in an “open container.” However, there are no regulations on what is considered an open container, and this is being enforced unevenly throughout the state.

Will I be tested at work, even though marijuana is legal now?
Possibly. Employers still have the freedom to execute drug tests and base hiring decisions on the results. Employers also have the right to enforce punishment for being under the influence at work.

Does marijuana usage affect my ability to purchase a firearm?
Sometimes. Since firearms are federally regulated, marijuana users may be rejected because marijuana use is still considered unlawful to the federal government. When you apply to purchase a firearm, you are asked about your marijuana use, and you must be honest – lying on this form is a federal felony.

Can I bring marijuana with me to the ski slopes?
No. You should avoid possession on ski slopes, as many of them are also federally owned. It is also illegal to ski while under the influence of marijuana, punishable by fine of $1,000.

Can I buy marijuana in Colorado and bring it to my home state?
No– trying to bring marijuana outside of Colorado state borders is considered drug trafficking and will be charged as such.

 

There are different laws that regulate residents, visitors, licensees, home growers and business/property owners. For more information, visit the Official State of Colorado Website for Retail Marijuana Information and Resources.

*As with any blog on legal topics, this guide should not be considered a substitute for legal advice. Please call the attorneys at Odle Law for legal advice or if you have been charged with possession/use of marijuana in Colorado Springs.

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