Whether you are a resident of Denver or have visited in order to enjoy some legal cannabis, here is some information that you should have at the back of your mind:
1. Age Limit?
You must be 21 and older in order to buy, possess or even use legal retail marijuana.
2. Any extra requirements for medical marijuana?
You need a red card issued by the state of Denver. It can only be issued to Colorado residents. You also need a doctor’s recommendation to prove that you indeed suffer from a medical condition that can be alleviated by using medical cannabis. Patients that need to use cannabis can obtain it from a primary caregiver or licensed center. They can also grow it themselves.
3. Where to buy retail marijuana?
You can buy it at licensed recreational dispensaries such as Mary Jane’s Patch.
4. Where to consume recreational cannabis?
Retail cannabis is intended for personal use. There are certain locations where you can use it, which are not open to the public. You cannot use cannabis publicly or openly. Some of the areas where you cannot consume cannabis include but are not limited to: schools, parks, sidewalks, roads, transportation facilities, amusement venues, playgrounds, sporting venues, outdoor cafes, music venues, and rooftop cafes. You cannot consume cannabis in indoor public locations like bars and restaurants, as well as common areas in buildings.
5. How much recreational marijuana can you possess?
You can possess up to 1 ounce of retail cannabis, according to amendment 64 that was effected in 2012.
6. How much retail marijuana can you buy at one time?
If you are a resident of Colorado, you can buy and possess up to 1 ounce of retail marijuana at one time. Non-residents can only buy a maximum of ¼ ounce at one time.
7. Can you use marijuana in a licensed retail store?
You cannot use marijuana in or even around a licensed store.
8. Are cannabis ‘coffee shops’ or ‘social clubs’ legal?
These businesses have neither been legalized nor permitted.
9. What are the consequences of violation of marijuana laws in Denver?
They range from fines to possible jail terms. The specific penalties are spelt out in the State of Colorado Statutes and the Revised Denver Municipal Code, depending on the violations. Institutions, companies and organizations are also allowed to take disciplinary action for infractions related to cannabis, based on their own policies.
10. Do the laws differ based on the different types of retail cannabis?
Possession and consumption laws cut across the different retail cannabis types, ranging from edible types to those that you can smoke.
11. Can you carry cannabis in your car?
You can carry cannabis in your car. It cannot be in an open container. You cannot cross state boundaries when carrying cannabis that you have bought from Denver. You cannot also use marijuana in your car.
13. Can you drive under the influence of marijuana?
You are not allowed to drive under the influence of marijuana. If you do, you will be arrested and depending on the driver, you can be fined, face a jail term or have your licence revoked.
14. Can you consume marijuana on private property?
It is illegal to consume marijuana outdoors if you are in residential private property, unless you are the property’s owner or lessee. If you are not the owner, you need to have been granted permission by the property’s owner or lessee. The permission can be implied or express. If the property is non-residential but private, consumption is illegal outdoors if it is visible from a public place.
All in All
You now have an idea of what works and what doesn’t in Denver with regard to both medical and recreational pot. However, we highly recommend researching more guides on marijuana laws in Colorado.