Colorado Marijuana Laws Out-of-State Visitors Need to Know | Steven Rodemer’s Law Office

As of November 2020, the state of Colorado has updated marijuana laws regarding possession and Sale of marijuana. With the legalization of marijuana in December 2012, Colorado became one of the few states where an adult over the age of 21 could legally purchase, possess and use marijuana.

Ever since marijuana was legalized, attorneys across Colorado have been inundated with questions about buying and using marijuana on vacation. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of the most important information about Colorado marijuana laws. In addition to educating tourists and Colorado residents, we hope this information will help prevent misinformation from spreading.

Who Can Buy Marijuana in Colorado?

In Colorado, marijuana can be purchased, possessed, and used by any adult over the age of 21. Colorado law does not differentiate between residents and tourists with respect to the purchase, possession, or use of marijuana. Therefore, anyone over the age of 21 can purchase marijuana. Out-of-state visitors do not need a special license or any type of health card to purchase recreational marijuana. However, if they want to buy medical marijuana, they need a Colorado medical card.

How much marijuana can an individual in Colorado buy at one time?

Despite the fact that Colorado has historically distinguished between residents and visitors in terms of the amount of marijuana that can be purchased, currently a non-resident can purchase the same amount of marijuana as a Colorado resident. The maximum amount of marijuana an adult can purchase with a valid ID is 1 ounce. Contrary to what many people believe, marijuana doesn’t just come in flower form, so the 1 ounce limit only applies to flower. As per Colorado marijuana laws, one ounce of flower is equivalent to eight grams of concentrates (wax, shatter, etc.) or 800 milligrams of edibles.

How do I buy marijuana in Colorado?

Buying weed or marijuana is seen the same as buying alcohol. The stores where marijuana can be purchased are called dispensaries, and local dispensaries can be found simply by Googling. As long as you present a valid government-issued ID proving you are over the age of 21, you can purchase marijuana up to the legal limit.

Where can I buy marijuana in Colorado?

Initially, the state of Colorado allowed marijuana to be sold at 136 stores statewide. Since then, that number has grown. However, the sale of marijuana can be banned in cities, towns and counties like Colorado Springs if they so choose. The website is one of the best resources for finding legal pot shops, aka dispensaries, and trustworthy places to buy marijuana if Googling doesn’t turn up any information.

What are the marijuana hours of operation laws in Colorado?

It’s true that Colorado’s marijuana laws prohibit stores from opening before 8 a.m. and closing after midnight. However, you should keep in mind that each jurisdiction is allowed to place more restrictions on working hours than state law requires, and many have done so. For example, Denver allows stores to stay open until 10:00 p.m., and some mountain towns require stores to close at 7:00 p.m. If you plan to buy marijuana in a specific location, be sure to check the opening and closing times.

How do you transport legally purchased weed?

Regarding the transportation of weed, it is recommended that individuals store it in a closed trunk. Therefore, if law enforcement stops you, it is clear that you did not use the substance. Also, make sure the marijuana is not within the driver’s reach, as a police officer may believe the driver was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol Using marijuana while driving.

Is it possible to get a DUI for marijuana in Colorado?

The state of Colorado has made it easier to prosecute you if you drive under the influence of marijuana. Under Colorado’s “explicit consent” law for marijuana, there is a per se limit to how much THC can be present in the blood, just as alcohol has a per se limit of 0.08. Therefore, if an officer suspects that you are impaired due to drugs or alcohol, you agree to undergo a blood or breath chemical test for driving a motor vehicle on Colorado roads. You have to have a blood test if the officer thinks you’re high. This allows them to calculate exactly how many nanograms of active THC metabolites are in your blood at the time of the ride. You are considered to be significantly impaired if you have more than 5 nanograms of active THC metabolites. This means that a DA can inform a jury that regardless of your performance, you drove stoned regardless of other signs of impairment or your performance on the road tests. Simply put, refrain from driving while under the influence of marijuana.

Can I be prosecuted federally for using, possessing, or purchasing marijuana in Colorado?

Yes and no. It is still illegal to possess marijuana under federal law. Although this is the case, the federal government has said it will not prosecute the possession and sale of marijuana as long as state laws are followed and those laws are robust. Colorado lawmakers have attempted to prevent federal interference by making their marijuana regulations robust and well-regulated.

Can I use my credit or debit card at a pot shop?

Buying weed in Colorado is now possible with a debit card or cash. Most pharmacies have an ATM where you can withdraw cash. Additionally, you can use your debit card to pay, but there is an ATM fee. When the transaction shows up in your bank account, it looks like an ATM withdrawal. In Colorado, marijuana cannot be purchased with a credit card because it is federally regulated.

Where can I legally smoke weed in Colorado?

Out-of-state residents who wish to smoke marijuana in Colorado face the greatest challenge in this regard. Using cannabis in public remains illegal, so it is best to use it privately (although landlords have the right to prohibit or refuse it). It is forbidden to use marijuana in national parks, ski resorts, outdoor public areas and even a hotel can ban it, just like it is forbidden to smoke cigarettes in a hotel room. The question arises whether you are allowed to smoke in your parked car. No, please do not smoke in the car, even if it is parked and turned off. This is a recipe for disaster. Marijuana smoke enters the interior of the car, which may lead a police officer to believe you are under the influence when they are about to stop you.

What else do I need to know about Colorado marijuana laws?

Please note that the rules are constantly changing and lawyers are constantly trying to keep up with these changes. For this reason, it’s best to consult an attorney if you have any questions about Colorado marijuana laws. Additionally, it’s important to remember that Colorado’s legalization is essentially an experiment, and many other states and the federal government are closely monitoring the situation. Ensure its success by not taking any actions that might jeopardize it. Make sure you do not commit any criminal offenses, do not provide marijuana to anyone under the age of 18, and do not attempt to bring it home to your illegal state. Don’t do anything that adds to the negative statistics if you ever want to legalize marijuana in your state.