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Colorado Marijuana Laws

Colorado Marijuna Laws

In Colorado, it is legal for an adult aged 21 years or older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana or its equivalent (e.g. edibles, concentrates, tinctures, etc.). This applies to residents and non-residents, alike.

Medical patients without an extended plant count are limited to purchasing no more than 2 ounces of marijuana or its equivalent per transaction. In-state recreational customers are limited to purchasing no more than 1 ounce of marijuana or its equivalent per transaction. Out-of-state recreational customers are limited to purchasing no more than 1 ounce (28 grams) of marijuana or its equivalent per transaction.

It is illegal to consume marijuana or marijuana-infused products openly or publicly in the state of Colorado, or at any location that is accessible to the public. Marijuana consumption is limited to an individual’s private property or on another’s private property with the permission of the property owner, provided the consumption takes place in an area out of view of, and inaccessible to, the public. Some municipalities have adopted more stringent rules. So please be sure to check local law, too.

It is illegal to drive with more than 5 nanograms of THC per mililiter of blood in your system.

It is illegal to transport marijuana and/or marijuana-infused products outside of the state of Colorado. Adults aged 21 or older are permitted to carry up to 1 ounce of marijuana and/or marijuana-infused products in their vehicle provided it is in a sealed container and does not cross state boundaries.

It is illegal to export marijuana from Colorado to any other state or country.

The right to possess or consume marijuana and marijuana-infused products does not apply to federal lands within the state of Colorado, including national parks, national forests, national monuments, and any other federal property such as courthouses. Please be aware that many ski areas are located on federal land.

Adults aged 21 years or older are allowed to privately cultivate up to 6 marijuana plants, with no more than 3 being mature.



Constitution, Statutes and Rules - Marijuana Enforcement

Colorado's marijuana industries are in place due to the passage of citizen ballot initiatives to modify our state's constitution. Both sections addressing Colorado's marijuana industries are contained within Article XVIII: Section 14 Medical Use of Marijuana for Persons Suffering from Debilitating Medical Conditions and Section 16 Personal Use and Regulation of Marijuana (Recreational).
Executive orders are rules or orders issued by the Colorado Governor to Executive Branch Agencies, such as the Department of Revenue, which are generally used to direct state agencies in their execution of state statute or policy. Governor Hickenlooper's Executive Order Addressing Implementation of SB 13-283, June 2013 Governor Hickenlooper's Executive Order Addressing Threats to Public Safety Posed by Marijuana Contaminated by Pesticide, November 12, 2015
The Colorado General Assembly provides the Marijuana Enforcement Division with the authority to carry out its mission through the passage of legislation, which makes up the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) The Medical Marijuana Code is comprised of C.R.S. 12-43.3-101 et. seq. and the Retail Marijuana Code is comprised of C.R.S. 12-43.4-101 et. seq.

Rules

In accordance with direction and mandates provided via the C.R.S., the Division promulgates regulations under which Colorado's Medical and Retail Marijuana industries are expected to operate. These regulations are put in place in accordance with the Colorado Administrative Procedures Act (C.R.S.24-4-101 et. seq.) and no permanent rules are enacted without formal public comment hearings. Additionally, the MED has instituted the use of stakeholder working groups to generate the initial draft of proposed rules with which to begin the formal rulemaking process.

Complete Version of Current Permanent Medical Marijuana Rules, Effective April 14, 2017

Medical Marijuana Universal Symbol

Complete Version of Current Permanent Retail Marijuana Rules, Effective April 14, 2017

Retail Marijuana Universal Symbol

These copies of the rules are provided as a convenience to the public by the Colorado Department of Revenue and do not constitute an official publication. The official version of these rules is published by the Office of the Secretary of State in the Colorado Code of Regulations and may be obtained from the Colorado Secretary of State's website.

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