Get the skinny on Colorado and Denver cannabis laws from Mile High Dispensary! Here’s what you need to know before you buy legal weed in Colorado. First, it’s important to understand that cannabis is regulated in two categories: recreational (or retail) and medical. Recreational cannabis is available to purchase for anyone 21 and older with a valid ID. Cannabis products must be purchased from licensed stores and purchase quantity is limited to one ounce at a time. Medical cannabis may be purchased by qualified individuals 18 and older who have been approved by the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry.
RESTRICTIONS ON USE
One of the most important Denver cannabis laws is that use in any form is not permitted in any public space, whether that’s smoking, eating, or vaping. This restriction applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces like parks, restaurants, and common areas of apartments and condominiums. Cannabis use is also prohibited on federal land such as in national parks and forests. The state government advises that consuming cannabis on private property is the best solution, but keep in mind that property owners are allowed to prohibit cannabis use on their property. Therefore, individuals who rent may be prohibited from using cannabis in their apartments or homes.
Colorado and Denver cannabis laws also govern home growing, driving, and employer drug testing. Here are a few links with more information:
- Home grow laws: Coloradans 21 and older may grow up to 3 flowering plants at one time. However, counties and municipalities may pass stricter laws.
- Driving and traveling: Driving under the influence of marijuana may subject you to a DUI charge, and traveling across the state border while in possession of cannabis is prohibited.
- Federal implications: Cannabis is still illegal under federal law, so federal employees are prohibited from using it. Students with federal aid may also be at risk of losing their aid if they are charged with use or possession.
- Drug testing by employers: Employers are free to drug test their employees and make employment decisions based on those results.