Recreational use of marijuana is legal in Colorado but residents should take care to understand the laws in order to avoid unforeseen problems.
Boulder residents live in one of the few states in the nation that has made the use of pot legal. However, the legalization of marijuana in Colorado does not mean that just anyone can consume or possess it anywhere, anytime. The state has outlined legislation that governs what is legal and what is not concerning the consumption or possession of pot. Understanding the legal parameters is important for anyone wishing to enjoy this legalization.
Colorado laws for growing and selling marijuana
For the remainder of 2015, there are strict limits on who can sell marijuana according to the State of Colorado. Businesses that were licensed to sell medical marijuana before recreational use was legalized are the only businesses allowed to sell pot for non-medicinal use. That will change in January 2016.
Residents in Boulder can grow marijuana if they keep all plants in locked enclosures inside or outside. There is a limit on the number of plants allowed. A single person can grow as many as six plants. No household can grow more than 12 plants. No person under the age of 21 shall grow or have access to marijuana plants. Anyone who violates these laws could be arrested for a crime.
Colorado laws for consuming marijuana
As with alcohol, legal possession or use of marijuana is only allowed by people 21 or older. Currently, the state imposes civil, not criminal, penalties on anyone under 21 found to possess or use marijuana.
No more than one ounce of marijuana can be in a resident’s possession at one time. People who are residents of any other state cannot possess more than one quarter of an ounce of marijuana while in Colorado.
Marijuana must always be consumed in private locations. The Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act also includes marijuana. This law prevents people from smoking pot in hotel rooms, for example, that are designated to be smoke free.
Colorado laws for driving and marijuana use
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, impaired driving offenses can include marijuana as well as alcohol or other drugs. If a driver is asked to take a blood test and refuse, revocation of driving privileges can result. Additionally, the driver may be required to use an ignition interlock device for as long as two years. This is all possible even if the driver is not convicted of a DUI offense.
Colorado’s legal threshold for THC in a driver’s bloodstream is 5 nanograms. Any level above that is illegal even if the marijuana use is for medicinal purposes.
Options for Colorado residents
Anyone who is arrested on drug charges deserves a good defense. Contacting an attorney as soon as possible is recommended in these situations.