Spotlight on Colorado Marijuana Law
In 2012 Colorado passed Amendment 64 to legalize recreational use of Marijuna. Hooray!!
Here’s the breakdown of the laws currently on the books from Colorado.gov:
Buying, Selling and Possessing
It’s illegal for people under 21 to buy, have or use retail marijuana. It’s a felony for anyone to give or sell to, or share marijuana with, anyone under 21.
When buying, you need to present a valid ID that proves you’re 21 or older. There are also limits to buying and possesing; having up to 1 ounce of marijuana at a time is ok. Having more can result in fines. Only licensed retailers can sell marijuana products. Adults over 21 can give up to 1 ounce of marijuana to another adult 21 or older, but can’t sell it. This includes homegrown product.
Using in Public is Illegal
Smoking, eating or vaping — isn’t allowed in public places. This includes places like parks, concert venues, restaurants, cafes or bars and common areas in apartments or condos. And, since marijuana is still illegal under federal law, you can’t use on federal land, including national parks and national forests. This includes ski slopes.
Where is it OK to use marijuana?
Private property is your best bet. However, property owners can ban the use and possession of marijuana on their properties. If you rent, you may not be allowed to use marijuana in your home.
Hotel owners can ban the use and possession of marijuana on their properties, so you may not be able to use in a hotel room.
Can employers still drug test?
Despite legalization, employers can still test for marijuana and make employment decisions based on drug test results. Be sure you know your workplace policies before you use.