2014 Brings Legal Marijuana Retail to Colorado

by on January 6, 2014

Sure, it’s been legal to smoke marijuana recreationally in Colorado and Washington for over a year now, but, up until recently, the states had yet to clarify laws on the retail of the substance. However, on January 1, 2014 it became legal for adults aged 21 and older to purchase marijuana at retail stores across the state of Colorado.

So, in case you were considering a trip to the Centennial State, here is some information you might find valuable:

Do you have to be a Colorado resident to purchase weed at a CO retail store?

No, any adult 21 or older may purchase marijuana with a valid ID, including those from other U.S. states.

How much marijuana can you purchase?

Customers are allowed to purchase up to a quarter-ounce of marijuana per transaction. This amount holds consistent in regards to food or drink items containing weed.

How much should I expect to pay?

Though reports of $20 for an eighth of high quality marijuana have surfaced, experts anticipate prices to skyrocket with a growing demand. From the information going around regarding the retail process, you may want to have cash on hand.

Can I buy marijuana everywhere in Colorado?

While most Colorado cities will have retail stores, not all towns desired such shops. You will not find retail outlets in Durango or Cortez, and the closest city to Arizona to boast a retail store is Telluride.

Where am I allowed to smoke it?

It is important to know that it is only legal to smoke marijuana on private residential property in CO, which does include a porch or a yard. It is still illegal to light up a joint on public property. If caught smoking in public, you may be cited and subjected to a $100 fine.

If you are going to Colorado and are staying at a hotel or renting a place from a private owner, you should check with the property owner or hotel manager for rules on smoking marijuana on the premises. It appears that the majority of hotels in Colorado are banning marijuana smoke under the same terms that prohibit cigarette smoke.

Additionally, possession or use of marijuana is completely banned in the Denver International Airport, so don’t expect to legally carry on a weed souvenir during your trip home.

Can I bring legally purchased marijuana back to Arizona?

Without a prescribed medical marijuana card, it is still illegal for people to possess or use pot in Arizona. Though it can be hypothesized that a medical marijuana patient should legally be able to carry back legally purchased weed from Colorado, the laws on the subject are yet to be defined. Furthermore, possessing and using marijuana remains illegal under federal law, so prosecution is always possible.

If you are facing charges for a marijuana crime in Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, or another AZ city, the drug defense attorneys at JacksonWhite can help decrease your penalties and will work to avoid a felony charge on your record. Call us today at 480-818-9943 to schedule a free consultation with dedicated JacksonWhite drug crimes lawyer, Jeremy Geigle.

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