Whether your visiting the great state of Colorado or you live there and just need to brush up on some of its laws, we have you covered. The laws we cover below are for Denver specifically, and it doesn’t change much from city to city. We still recommend you double check your city’s laws to be sure. Lets jump right into it.
You must be 21 years old to buy, possess, or use retail marijuana, and it is against the law to give or sell retail marijuana to minors. You are able to buy up to one ounce at a time and this is the same amount you are legally allowed to have in your possession.
Only licensed retail dispensaries are able to sell marijuana in the state of Colorado, but these are numerous throughout the state.
Can I have marijuana in my car?
You are allowed to carry marijuana in your car, but it may not be in an open container and cannot cross state lines. However, it is still illegal to use or consume marijuana in a motor vehicle as well as it is illegal to drive under the influence. There is an equivalent DUI you can be charged with. Anyone with 5 nanograms or more of delta 9-THC per milliliter in whole blood while driving can be arrested for DUI.
This is something to watch out for. If you are a frequent smoker, there is a good chance you will be above this limit, even if you aren’t currently high. Here is a story of a woman who was involved in a car accident that wasn’t her fault, yet she still served jail time for being above the limit. The accident happened in the morning and she claimed she had not smoked that day.
Where Can I Smoke?
Can you smoke weed in public in Colorado? This is a common questions tourists have. Unfortunately, the answer is no you are not allowed to consume marijuana publicly.
It is illegal to smoke in public places, both indoors such as a bar, and outdoors such as schools, amusement/music events, sporting events, parks, playgrounds, and even sidewalks and roads. This also includes public transportation.
If you do not follow Colorado’s state laws you could endure a penalty of a fine or even jail time, which is why it is important to learn the laws about marijuana before visiting the state to know what you can and can’t do. It is important to look up each city or county’s website you are visiting to determine specific marijuana sale and consumption laws for that area.