Whether you are an experienced cannabis user or someone new to the industry, it is important to make sure that you are following all laws and using products responsibly. Even for people who have been around cannabis culture for years, there can be some gray areas and misunderstandings when it comes to what is and is not illegal. To make sure all our customers at Denver Dispensary have the right information to stay safe and out of trouble, here is a quick overview of Colorado’s marijuana laws and what to pay attention to.
All sales of cannabis, whether recreational or medical, must go through a licensed retailer. (Like us! It is illegal for unlicensed establishments and persons to sell cannabis, and it is illegal to sell cannabis to those under 21 (or 18, if the buyer holds a medical card). There are locations that only offer sales to medical marijuana patients, so make sure to check with any retailer before making a purchase.
Medical vs. Recreational
The distinction between medical and recreational marijuana may seem trivial to consider in a state where cannabis has been legalized, but that is not necessarily true. There can be important differences in the regulations related to purchasing and carrying cannabis on your person depending on if you have a medical identification card or not. Often, dispensaries will have one area open to customers with medical licenses and one for those who do not. And recreational customers will be limited to purchasing up to an ounce of cannabis per day, while medical patients can purchase up to 2 ounces of cannabis.
Similarly, dispensaries are only permitted to sell 8 grams of concentrate and 800 milligrams of edibles at any one time for recreational patients. For medical patients, the limit is 40 grams of concentrates or 20,000mg worth of edibles.
Possession in Vehicles
It is legal to possess marijuana in your vehicle, as long as it is in a sealed container and you do not cross state borders. The legal limit for a cannabis DUI is 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood. In the event that you are pulled over under suspicion of a cannabis DUI, a police officer must have a reason to believe you are operating your vehicle under the influence. In that case, they will require that you perform a blood test. If that test shows more than 5 nanograms of THC in your blood, you can be charged with DUI. It can be difficult to gauge how much cannabis one needs to ingest to hit that limit, and how long THC takes to leave the bloodstream, so always be on the safe side.
The majority of cannabis laws, such as those about possession, are the same for residents and non-residents. If you are visiting Colorado, it is important to know where it is legal to smoke cannabis. Laws prohibit smoking in any public places, such as restaurants, travel areas, parks and concert venues. If you are looking for an area to smoke cannabis as a non-resident, there are a number of licensed consumption venues that can be found in Denver by searching online. These will include cannabis cafes where consumption is allowed (usually only vaping), 420-friendly hotels and other rentals for visitors. Many private cannabis lounges require a membership, but some new cannabis arcades are becoming open to the public. Residents are allowed to smoke in their own homes, but make sure to check any lease agreements or rental contracts for information that may prohibit you from using cannabis. Cannabis is also prohibited at Denver International Airport.
For more questions about Colorado laws, ask your Denver Dispensary budtender. Visitors, come visit us after landing at DIA! We are located nearby at 4975 Vasquez Blvd E.