Laws and Compliance

Medical

Colorado Amendment 20 – On November 7, 2000 The Colorado Medical Use of Marijuana Initiative, also known as Initiative 20, was on the ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment and was approved. This Amendment allowed patients who have a Medical Marijuana Registration Card and their primary caregivers to possess a limited amount of medical marijuana. A limit of two ounces of usable marijuana and no more than six plants was allotted to each.

Colorado House Bill 11-1043 – The bill requires cannabis growers to be allowed no more than 500 plants, register their grow site and identify all patients, in addition to various other regulations for marijuana businesses. A cannabis grower must abide by these rules unless they have a waiver.

Colorado House Bill 10-1284 – This bill clarifies the sourcing of medical marijuana by specifying where registered patients can buy medical marijuana. It specifies that a patient can either grow their own, buy it from a state registered primary caregiver, or from a licensed MMJ center.

Colorado Revised Statutes 12-43-3 – This code regulates licenses, dispensaries, cultivation facilities and infused product manufacturers. Pursuant to this code, cities and counties can adopt their own rules and procedures for licensing of MMJ centers. This also allows cities and counties to ban medical marijuana centers completely. However they are not allowed to ban patients or caregivers.

Colorado Senate Bill 109 – Regulates the physician-patient relationship for medical marijuana patients.

Recreational

Amendment 64 - The Colorado Marijuana Legalization Amendment, Amendment 64, was on the November 6, 2012 ballot and approved in Colorado. This legalized marijuana throughout the state for adults 21 and older. This bill outlines the rules for sales, manufacturing, and cultivation. Stores officially opened on January 1, 2014.

Possession

Personal Use


Offense Penalty Incarceration Max. Fine

One oz or less*

no penalty

none

$0

Transfer of one oz or less for no remuneration*

no penalty

none

$0

Open and public displays or uses of less than 2 oz

petty offense

15 days

$100

2 – 6 oz

misdemeanor

1 year

$1,000

5 lbs or less

misdemeanor

18 months

$10,000

More than 12 oz

felony

1 – 1.5 years

$100,000

* By persons 21 years of age or older.

With Intent to Distribute

Possession of 8oz or more is considered possession with the intent to distribute will enhance the sentence.

Sales or Distribution


Offense Penalty Incarceration Max. Fine

5 lbs or less

felony

1 – 3 years

$100,000

5 – 100 lbs

felony

2 – 6 years

$500,000

100 lbs or more

felony

4 – 12 years

$75,000

5 lbs or more to a minor

felony

3 - 12 years

$750,000

Sale to a minor carries an additional penalty of 4 years mandatory minimum sentence.

Cultivation


Offense Penalty Incarceration Max. Fine

6 plants or fewer*

no penalty

none

$0

More than 6 but fewer than 30 plants

felony

2 – 6 years

$500,000

* By persons 21 years of age or older.

Hash & Concentrates


Offense Penalty Incarceration Max. Fine

One oz or less*

no penalty

none

$0

Possession of 1 – 3 oz

misdemeanor

6-18 months

$5,000

Possession of more than 3 oz

felony

1 year–18 months

$100,000

Distribute, transfer, or possess with intent less than 1 lb

felony

1-3 years

$100,000

Distribute, transfer, or possess with intent 1 – 100 lbs

felony

2 - 6 years

$500,000

Distribute, transfer, or possess with intent more than 100 lbs

felony

4 – 12 years

$750,000

* By persons 21 years of age or older.

Paraphernalia


Offense Penalty Incarceration Max. Fine

Possession of paraphernalia

petty offense

N/A

$100

* By persons 21 years of age or older.