Colorado Marijuana Law

Understanding Colorado Marijuana Laws


Key Points of Amendment 64

  • Amendment 64 removes criminal penalties for adults who wish to use, display or sell marijuana. In Colorado legal marijuana is not available for retail sale until 2014.
  •  The first $40 million of annual revenue raised by the tax of legal marijuana will go to the public school capital construction assistance fund.
  •  The State of Colorado must provide for licensing and regulations of legal marijuana retail stores and cultivation, testing and manufacturing facilities for legal marijuana and industrial hemp.
  • Legal marijuana and legal marijuana infused products sold in the state of Colorado must be clearly labeled.
  • Industrial hemp (Cannabis plants with less than 3% THC concentration) will have different regulation policies than recreational cannabis with higher levels of THC.
  • Local governments are responsible for regulating and/or prohibiting legal marijuana facilities in their town.
  • Persons 21 years of age or older are permitted to use, possess, display, transfer and purchase limited amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes as well as marijuana accessories for cultivation or consumption of marijuana.
  • Individuals must show proof of age in order to purchase legal marijuana.
  • Amendment 64 removes all legal penalties for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and up to six marijuana plants for home growing.
  • Amendment 64 makes the production, manufacture and dale/distribution of cannabis infused goods by licensed retailers.
  • Amendment 64 makes the production, manufacture and dale/distribution of industrial hemp by licensed retailers.
  • Selling and/or distributing marijuana to minors remains illegal under Amendment 64.
  • Driving under the influence of marijuana remains illegal under Amendment 64.
  • Amendment 64 does not affect an employer’s right to have procedures in place that restrict the use of legal marijuana.
  • Amendment 64 does it require any employer to allow use, consumption, display, sale or growing of legal marijuana in the workplace.
  • Amendment 64 does not change any existing medical marijuana laws.


Key Points of Amendment 20

  • On November 7, 2000 Amendment 20 was passed by 54% of Colorado residents who voted to change existing marijuana laws to allow for Medical Marijuana Denver and statewide.
  • This constitutional law allows for exceptions from criminal laws for patients, caregivers and physicians regarding the use, distribution and prescription for Medical Marijuana Colorado exclusively.
  • In order to become a medical marijuana patient and purchase from a legal marijuana dispensary, the individual must be a patient.
  • A “patient” is defined as a person with a debilitating medical condition and has a Red Card. For a list of accepted conditions to obtain a Red Card Colorado please see our How To Apply Guide.
  • Amendment 20 makes medical marijuana use by qualified patients a Constitutional right for Colorado residents over the age of 18.
  • Patients under the age of 18 must have two physicians recommendations to be considered for medical marijuana use
  • Patients can purchase medical marijuana with a state registered Red Card and government issued ID
  • Patients can possess up to 2 oz of medical marijuana
  • Patients can specify a caregiver or grow up to six plants with no more than three mature plants.
  • Patients can use medical marijuana however they please in the privacy of their own home so long as it is not endangering others.
  •  Patients are allowed no more that two ounces of a medical marijuana in their possession at one time.
  • Patients are allowed no more than six plants, with three or fewer mature flowering medical marijuana plants and three vegetative plants.
  • Under Colorado Marijuana Laws patients may not use medical marijuana in public places or in plain view of the public.
  • Under Colorado Marijuana Laws patients may not use medical marijuana in a way that endangers the health or well being of any person, this includes driving under the influence of marijuana.
  • Under Colorado Marijuana Laws patients may not redistribute any medical marijuana products.