Recreational Use of Marijuana in Colorado

Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 in 2012, allowing the cultivation, manufacture, possession, distribution and sale of cannabis for adult recreational use – the first U.S. state to do so. The constitutional amendment calls for the Department of Revenue to adopt regulations for adult use marijuana establishments while allowing local jurisdictions to adopt further regulations.

Colorado’s adult use cannabis program became active in 2014, with the state sanctioning the sale of marijuana to anyone over the age of 21 at licensed retail stores as well as allowing adults to give up to one ounce of marijuana to other adults. As of 2016, Colorado marijuana laws changed once more, increasing the maximum purchase of marijuana for tourists from 7 grams to one ounce.

Regulations Under Colorado’s Adult Use Program

Although Colorado has legitimized the use and consumption of marijuana for recreational purposes, cannabis related businesses must operate within strict regulations. These include limits to marijuana dispensary hours, packaging and labeling requirements and more.

As the cannabis industry continues to evolve and expand, the laws and regulations governing the sale and use of marijuana are likely to be in constant flux. The Cannabis Practice at Greenspoon Marder understands the risks and uncertainties confronting the industry and is committed to keeping our clients up to date with legislation and other critical developments that may impact their business operations. If you have questions about the Adult Use Program in Colorado or any other state, our marijuana law firm can help you address them.