When retail marijuana stores and bakeries open on January 1, 2014, here’s what Colorado NORML says you should know.Legal: Stores can sell marijuana and marijuana-infused products to adults for recreational use.
- Age Limit: Adults 21 and older can possess and purchase up to one ounce of marijuana as well as marijuana-infused products at retail marijuana stores.
- Quantity Limits: Colorado residents can purchase up to one ounce of marijuana at retail marijuana stores. Non-residents can purchase up to a quarter ounce.
- Stores Require: Valid Photo ID. Many will only accept cash.
- No Resale: You can give away up to one ounce of marijuana but you cannot resell it unless you have a marijuana business license.
- No Public Use: It is illegal to consume marijuana in public.
- No Driving: It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana
- No Travel: It is illegal to take marijuana outside of Colorado.
- No Underage Sharing: It is illegal to provide marijuana to or use marijuana with anyone under 21.
Colorado NORML has an informative new webpage devoted to the state’s recreational marijuana law. It’s filled with practical and legal information. I highly recommend bookmarking it.
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The City and County of Denver has a new website on marijuana. Not surprisingly, it concentrates on what is not legal. The six things it wants you to know:
- It is illegal to consume marijuana in public.
- It is illegal to take marijuana out of state.
- Only licensed establishments can sell retail marijuana products.
- It is illegal for retail establishments to give or sell marijuana to minors.
- You must be over 21 to possess or use “retail marijuana
- It is illegal to “drive high
Some other things Denver would like you to know:
- Colorado residents over age 21 can buy and possess up to 1 ounce of retail marijuana at a time. Non-residents are limited to ¼ ounce.
- Until 2016, you must be a currently licensed medical marijuana center, manufacturer or cultivator to apply for recreational retail license.
As for growing marijuana in your home:
- Colorado residents over age 21 can grow up to 6 marijuana plants. But roommates take note: No more than 12 total plants are allowed per residence regardless of the number of adults living there.
- Marijuana plants must be kept in an enclosed, locked area.
As for Brewer and Shipley, 43 years have passed and they’re still performing the song.
Why should an 18 year old get stuck with a criminal record for life because she possessed a small amount of pot?
The Denver City Council has voted to decriminalize marijuana possession for those between the ages of 18 and 21 who are caught with up to one ounce of pot.
The City Council didn’t make possession by this age group legal — they just reduced the penalty to the level of a parking ticket.
Denver City Councilmen Albus Brooks, who sponsored the ordinance, says:
“It’s still illegal. We just want to make sure we don’t make people pay for the rest of their life.”
The fines are pretty steep — $150 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense and $999 for third offenses and beyond.