Marijuana laws in Colorado: Read the fine print

On Behalf of | Jan 22, 2016 | Drug Charges, Firm News |

With the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, you may think it’s not possible to be charged for having the drug. That’s not entirely true, though, and some people can still face drug charges for using or possessing the drug. If you’re accused of giving the drug to a child or carrying more than you’re supposed to by law, it’s important to speak with your attorney about the steps you need to take next.

The laws in Colorado state that as long as you’re 21, you can possess an ounce of marijuana for personal use. This can be THC in the form of seeds, buds or concentrated forms. If you don’t have a government-issued ID, make sure you have one on hand if you’re going to use or carry THC or marijuana. If you can’t prove your age, you could find yourself taking a trip to the police station.

If you come to Colorado and are not a resident, purchasing marijuana is different for you, too. The law states that you can only purchase 1/4 ounce of marijuana per transaction. Normally, you can only complete one transaction at recreational stores per day. You could, technically, purchase from four different stores to get your ounce, but that’s a grey area of the law.

If you decide to set up a recreational business, you can only operate at certain times of day and night. The state restricts marijuana sales to between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and midnight, which prevents late-night sales and lowers the risk of exporting goods, drugged driving and other potential issues.

Source: Colorado Pot Guide, “Marijuana Laws in Colorado,” accessed Jan. 22, 2016


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