Recreational Marijuana Buyer’s Guide
Colorado’s marijuana laws were amended on December 10, 2012, when Amendment 64 was passed, legalizing the possession and selling of marijuana. As a result, Colorado is now one of only two states in the world where an adult over the age of 21 can legally purchase, possess, and consume marijuana for recreational purposes. Since then, I’ve received numerous phone calls from individuals wondering how much marijuana they can buy in Colorado, if anyone can buy weed in Colorado, and other marijuana-related queries as they plan a trip to not just Colorado Springs, but the entire state. It is my intention to answer many of the often asked questions.
CAN ANYONE IN COLORADO BUY WEED OR MARIJUANA?
In a word, yeah. In Colorado, any adult over the age of 21 can purchase, possess, and consume marijuana. In terms of the possession, mail order marijuana, or consumption of marijuana in Colorado, the law makes no distinction between Colorado citizens and visitors.
IN COLORADO, HOW MUCH POT OR MARIJUANA CAN YOU GET?
While Colorado law previously distinguished between residents and visitors, non-residents can now purchase the same quantity of marijuana as residents. An adult can buy up to one ounce of marijuana with a valid ID. It’s important to remember that not all marijuana is flower, and the 1-ounce limit only applies to flower marijuana. 1 oz of flower is equivalent to 8 grams of concentrate (shatter, wax, etc.) or 800 mg of edibles in Colorado.
WHERE CAN I BUY MARIJUANA IN COLORADO?
Consider buying pot or marijuana in the same way you would buy alcohol. All you need is a valid government-issued ID that proves you are over the age of 21, and you are free to purchase marijuana up to the legal limit.
IN COLORADO, WHERE CAN I GET MARIJUANA?
Initially, the law allowed 136 businesses to sell marijuana across the state. Keep in mind that cities, municipalities, and counties have the authority to prohibit the sale of marijuana, and several have done so, such as Colorado Springs. PotGuide.com has created the best guide I’ve found on legal pot shops and credible places to get weed.
ARE THERE STORE HOURS FOR PURCHASING WEED FROM POT SHOPS RESTRICTED?
Yes, Colorado marijuana legislation stipulates that stores must open no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and close no later than midnight. Keep in mind, however, that each jurisdiction has the authority to impose more stringent hours, and several have done so. For example, in Denver, stores are only permitted to remain open until 10 p.m. Check the hours of operation for the store where you intend to purchase marijuana.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR TRANSPORTING LEGALLY BOUGHT WEED?
When it comes to carrying weed, the greatest tip I can give is to keep it in a closed trunk. This way, if you’re stopped by the cops, there’ll be no doubt that you weren’t drinking it.
IN COLORADO, CAN I GET A DUI FOR SMOKING WEED?
YES. In fact, Colorado has made it easier to prosecute you if you’re caught driving while stoned. Colorado has enacted a “express consent” marijuana law, which establishes a per se limit on the amount of THC that can be found in your blood, similar to a BAC of. The legal drinking age is eighteen. This means that if an officer has reasonable cause to believe you are impaired by drugs or alcohol while driving on Colorado highways, you consent to a chemical test of your blood or breath. If the officer suspects you of being inebriated, a chemical test of your blood will be required. This enables them to calculate the number of nanograms of active THC metabolites in your blood at the time of driving. If you have more than 5 nanograms of active THC metabolites, you are deemed to be seriously impaired, which means a prosecutor might tell the jury that it’s fine to assume you were driving stoned regardless of any other symptoms of impairment or how well you did on the roadside tests. In a nutshell, don’t drive while intoxicated.
ISN’T WEED STILL ILLEGAL IN THE UNITED STATES? ARE THE FEDS GOING TO CHARGE ME?
Both yes and no. Marijuana is still prohibited in the United States. However, the federal government has stated that it will not pursue marijuana possession or sale as long as state law is followed and those laws are “strong.” Colorado has attempted to make marijuana possession and sales rules as robust and well-regulated as possible in order to avoid federal intrusion.
CAN I LEGALLY PURCHASE WEED WITH MY CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD?
In Colorado, the laws have been softened a bit, and you may now buy pot with a debit card or cash. Most dispensaries have ATM machines, and paying with your debit card seems to be an ATM transaction, which requires you to pay an ATM fee. In Colorado, you can’t buy marijuana with a credit card.
IN COLORADO, WHERE CAN I SMOKE POT?
This is perhaps the most difficult obstacle for out-of-state visitors who want to smoke marijuana in Colorado. Because public consumption is still prohibited, it’s preferable to consume it in the privacy of your own home (although this too is an issue because landlords have the right to say no). You cannot drink it in National Parks, Ski Areas, or outdoors, and a hotel has the right to refuse service, just as they have the right to refuse smoking in your room. I was wondering if you could smoke in your parked automobile. NO, do not ever smoke marijuana in a car, even if it is parked and turned off; this is a formula for disaster.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING TO COLORADO TO BUY AND SMOKE MARIJUANA?
To begin with, the rules are continuously changing; I’ve attempted to stay as current as possible, but it’s advisable to consult an attorney before visiting. Next, keep in mind that Colorado’s legalization is virtually a test, with many other states and the federal government keeping a close eye on it. Don’t do anything that risk the project’s success. Don’t break the law, don’t sell marijuana to minors, and don’t try to take it home with you. Remember, if you ever want marijuana to be legalized in your state, it will almost certainly have to succeed in Colorado, so don’t do anything that could exacerbate the problem.