In 2000, Colorado voters approved an amendment to the state Constitution legalizing marijuana for medical use to treat certain conditions. Under this program, registered cardholders (patients) may possess up the two ounces of medical marijuana and grow up to six plants. Alternatively, patients may designate a caregiver to grow for them or obtain medical marijuana from a medical dispensary. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment administers the medical marijuana program.

While Colorado’s laws may appear flexible, the state imposes several rules on its medical marijuana program, which can be confusing and difficult to navigate without experienced legal counsel.  Both cannabis dispensers and consumers may face strict penalties if they violate retail or user laws, including substantial monetary fines and lengthy prison sentences.

Whether you already operate a medical marijuana dispensary or are looking to enter the Colorado cannabis business community, you need to be prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.  The Cannabis Practice at Greenspoon Marder is committed to helping cannabis industry clients identify and overcome legal and regulatory obstacles so that they can achieve their long-term goals and objectives.  Through our years of experience, we have come to understand the unique nuances and challenges associated with medical marijuana laws and the cannabis industry.  Our attorneys work with clients in Colorado and across the country to develop individualized plans that put them in the best position to initiate, maintain and expand their medical marijuana business operations.

If you have questions about medical marijuana laws in Colorado or are looking to pursue a medical marijuana-related business opportunity, we are ready to assist you.