DENVER, CO – APRIL 29: Pot shoppers make a late night purchase at Emerald Fields, which is open till midnight, April 29, 2015. Denver’s experiment with recreational cannabis sales has moved from legalization through regulation and now to potentially representation from the industry as holders of elected office. A handful of City Council candidates represent the industry or are of it. Glendale pot shop Emerald Fields stays open until midnight every night. Shops in Denver are forced by the city to close by 7 p.m., and it’s become an issue with pot shop owners within Denver city limits. Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty ImagesSHARE
If you’re 21 or older, you can buy and possess up to an ounce of cannabis in Colorado. You can also enjoy concentrates, edibles, and topicals. But there are rules, and it can be a bummer getting cited for breaking them. This is the definitive guide to marijuana laws in Colorado.
For starters, you’ll need government-issued photo identification to prove your age. A driver’s license or passport will work. You don’t have to be a Colorado resident to possess marijuana, and there’s no type of “registration” required to make a purchase.
Cannabis laws in Colorado state that you can’t exceed possession limits.
To comply with marijuana laws in Colorado, you can buy up to an ounce of cannabis flower. It’s still possible, at this point, to go from store to store buying an ounce at each of them, if that’s your thing. The stores still don’t maintain a unified database, at least yet anyway. You will be on camera during the purchase, by law, so if, after the fact, you got in trouble for “smurfing” weed (yes, there’s a term for it), it could be proven in a court of law.
When buying concentrates, the purchase limit is 8 grams, so, for instance, purchasing 4 grams of wax means you’ll only be able to get half an ounce of flower on that particular visit. Similarly, the limit for edibles is 800 mg of infused THC. These laws can be difficult to follow for math-challenged budtenders, especially as they attempt to sell combinations of products while keeping consumers within the legal limits of marijuana laws in Colorado.
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