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Colorado Cannabis Laws Explained

This article was originally written for Colorado-based Silverpeak Cannabis, a grower of premium cannabis. The original article can be found here: Colorado Cannabis Laws Explained


Some of the basic principles of Colorado cannabis possession and use laws.


Colorado Cannabis Laws Explained

The state of Colorado has been at the forefront of the movement to end the prohibition of cannabis for nearly ten years now, beginning with the 2009 legalization of medical marijuana and continuing with recreational legalization in 2014. Over the years, the laws have changed and will continue to do so.


Reforms and expansions of the current programs are always in the works. It is important to keep up with industry news to ensure you are always legally purchasing and consuming.

In order to legitimize the cannabis industry and keep everyone safe, it is important that you understand the laws and always consume legally and responsibly.


Let’s take a look at Colorado cannabis use laws as of June 2018.


The Basics of Colorado Cannabis Laws

Here are some of the basic principles of Colorado cannabis possession and use laws.

  • You must be 21 or older with ID to buy, possess, or use recreational marijuana.

  • If you are between the ages of 18 and 21 you will need a medical card to purchase cannabis.

  • It is illegal for any unlicensed person or entity to sell marijuana.

  • It is illegal to give marijuana to minors.

  • Marijuana may only be purchased at licensed retail stores.

  • Medical marijuana patients can also obtain marijuana from a caregiver or grow their own.

  • Marijuana may not be consumed in any indoor or outdoor public places such as restaurants, bars, on public transportation, parks, sidewalks, etc. This includes smokables, edibles, and vaping.

  • You are legally allowed to purchase and possess up to one ounce of marijuana or the THC equivalent of concentrates and edibles per day:28 Grams (1 oz.) of dried flower.8g of concentrate (Shatter, Wax, etc)800 mg of edibles.

  • It is illegal to use or consume marijuana in a motor vehicle.

  • Marijuana may be transported by car but must be in a sealed container.

  • It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana.

  • It is illegal to transport marijuana into another state.

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