Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado, ounce by ounce

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The Marijuana subject is no subtle conversation; not everyone is as comfortable talking about it.  Regardless of where you stand, legalization of marijuana in Colorado and all over the world is at its highest.

Colorado was the first state to legalize Marijuana Marijuana as of 2014. Even though it is legal in the state, it’s not legal federally. So if you’re on federal land, you can’t use marijuana or be in possession of it.

For example, if you are at a forest, restaurant, playground, resort, hotel, music venue, bar, a national park or walking down the street, you CANNOT use or smoke or be in possession of it. Having marijuana with you is also prohibited at airports. However you want to use marijuana in public, it isn’t allowed.

Medical Marijuana Colorado
State of Colorado

Anyone in Colorado can grow a plant for medical uses if they are over the age of 21. As a matter of fact, they can grow up to 6 plants, with 3 of those plants flowering at the same time. As of January of this year, a resident may have a maximum of 12 plants, keeping in mind that if there are any minors in the house, extra precautions must be taken.


Medical Cannabis Use

Marijuana became legal for Medical Use in 1996 in California. Medical Use of Marijuana refers to the acquisition, possession, production, use or transportation of marijuana to handle symptoms or effects of a debilitating medial condition.

Medicinal Cannabis is the one recommended to patients by their doctors for any physical or mental ailments. Medical Marijuana Patients (MMP) must first be diagnosed with an approved condition that is on the state’s list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions. With a doctor’s recommendation, a patient that has been qualified can get a medical marijuana card. They can visit dispensaries or local authorized shops to buy medical marijuana products.

Most medical patients buy Marijuana products with more levels of CBD, because they are not looking to get high.

Recreational Drug Use

Recreational Drug Use refers to the use of psychoactive drugs or chemical substances for pleasure. It generally starts as a past time but it could lead to potential addiction. Recreational drugs can be alcohol, cannabis and hashish, caffeine, nicotine and controlled substances (methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and club drugs). There are three categories of recreational drugs: depressants, stimulants and hallucinogens.

The Responsible Drug Use concept says people can use recreational drugs at no risk of hurting others. Generally people looking to use cannabis as a recreational drug use it because the THC levels will get them high or in some cases, patients who do not want to deal with day to day situations.

Whether it’s used medically or recreationally, every drug must be taken with precautions.


Colorado first restricted cannabis on 1917. In 1914, Colorado voters approved the Prohibition Amendment.  The Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) and the Denver Police Department arrested Moses Baca and Samuel Caldwell for possession and dealing. These two became the first marijuana convicts under U.S. Federal Law.

First Medical Marijuana Law in Colorado: Amendment 20

On November 2000, Amendment 20 was passed to the state’s constitution to legalize limited amounts of medical marijuana to caregivers or patients. Under this law people may have up to 2 ounces of medical cannabis and no more than 6 Marijuana plants.  Amendment 20 also gives a detailed list of debilitating medical conditions for which medical marijuana may be used.

Colorado Amendment 64

This was approved on November 6th, 2012 which later on led to legalization on January 2014. The Colorado Amendment 64 was an initiative to correct the Constitution of the State of Colorado. This amend was made to allow patients over the age of 21 with severe chronicle conditions to be treated with Medical Cannabis with the appropriate medical consent.

Amendment 64 has commercial regulations on Marijuana. Governor Hickenlooper added a law to the state’s constitution on December 10, 2012, making private consumption of marijuana legal. On that same day, the governor signed an executive order to create the Task Force on the Implementation of Amendment 64.

This task force implemented recommendations on how to grow, cultivate, sell and tax marijuana. The Colorado Department of Revenue accepted regulations for recreational marijuana establishments and implemented the Colorado Retail Marijuana Code on September 2013.

The purpose of this rule is to clarify that each rule is independent of the others, so that if one is found to be invalid, the remainder will stay in effect. This will give the regulated community confidence in the rules even if one is challenged.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry

Colorado has an adult medical use regulated program. This allows patients to receive legal access to medical marijuana through a registry identification card. This is done through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. You can find information for patients, caregivers, physicians, medical marijuana centers and more. For more help visit their website.

The struggles with legalization in Colorado are real.

“A locality may prohibit the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities, or retail marijuana stores through the enactment of an ordinance or through an initiated or referred measure.”- Amendment 64 

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