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Common Questions About Marijuana: What's Legal In Colorado?

Colorado residents know that our state has had interesting rules regarding the use, possession and sale of marijuana since Amendment 64 was enacted. Many cannabis users are aware of the big differences between what state law and federal law say about the legality of cannabis possession, consumption and trade as we have known it since 2014. Currently, there are hundreds of dispensaries and perhaps two or three thousand registered businesses involved in marijuana commerce in Colorado.

What should you know about purchasing, possessing or transferring cannabis in the state? Do you have concerns about what you can and can't do as a visitor to Colorado?

Cannabis Contrast: Federal Law, State Law And Municipal Law

Federal law prohibits numerous marijuana-related activities (like possession, sale and cultivation) that are legal in Colorado. Many people have questions about Colorado laws that seem to stand in stark contrast to federal laws and the laws and ordinances of their home states and cities.

If you plan to visit Colorado, you may need to get accurate answers to your questions about:  

  • Driving under the influence of marijuana (THC)
  • Purchasing retail marijuana if you are under the age of 21
  • Using marijuana in public places or keeping it in your car
  • Consuming marijuana in your hotel room
  • Possessing more than an ounce of marijuana
  • Purchasing more than a quarter of an ounce of marijuana
  • Leaving Colorado with marijuana on your person or in your vehicle
  • Producing, using or distributing edible marijuana
  • Marijuana consumption in the city and county of Denver
  • Possessing marijuana at Denver International Airport (DIA)
  • Possessing, purchasing or selling paraphernalia

What If I Am Arrested For A Violation?

Every situation is different. While Colorado is considered very liberal with regard to marijuana, people are still arrested for breaking state laws and city ordinances regarding sale, possession and use. If you or a loved one has been charged with a marijuana-related crime, get the advice of an experienced defense attorney before you talk to law enforcement about your case.

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