The State of Colorado has been a pioneer in the nation when it comes to legalizing marijuana. However, while the use of marijuana for recreational purposes may be legal in Colorado, there are still restrictions on who can possess and use marijuana, as well as how it can be sold. It is important to understand what these limits are, so you do not unintentionally break the law.
In Colorado, you must be age 21 or older to possess and use marijuana. In addition, you can only have up to one ounce of marijuana in your possession. Marijuana cannot be used in public. It is also important to remember that the use of marijuana still violates federal law. Thus, the drug cannot be used on federal land.
Marijuana can be used on private property, although landlords reserve the right to ban tenants from using marijuana on the property they rent. Similar rights are accorded to hotels. Marijuana also may not be used in common areas of condominiums or apartment buildings.
Retail marijuana businesses also face restrictions on the sale of marijuana. They can only be open from 8:00 a.m. until midnight. There are also packaging and labeling requirements intended to prevent minors from accidentally consuming the drug.
So, while marijuana use by those age 21 and above is legal, there are limits on how much of the drug you can have in your possession as well as where you can use it. There are also restrictions on how it can be sold. This post provides general information on this topic, so those facing drug charges relating to marijuana will want to seek the guidance they need to understand their rights and prepare a defense.