Some skiing enthusiasts may see the legalization of recreational cannabis in Colorado as a golden opportunity for riding high.
But as with other states that have gone the legalization route, there are rules. So make sure to get acquainted with them before planning a big ski resort trip with Mary Jane.
Cannabis in Colorado
The Colorado Marijuana Legalization Amendment, or Amendment 64, passed with 55.3 percent of the vote in November 2012, legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and older.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2000, after voters passed Initiative 20.
The Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR) regulates recreational and medical marijuana in the state. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regulates the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry.
Where and How to Buy
Adults 21 and older can buy up to 1 ounce, or 28.35 grams, of cannabis from a licensed retail store in the state. Consumers can find marijuana retail locations by searching on Weedmaps, which is the parent company of Marijuana.com.
Make sure to bring your government-issued ID to prove your age, and cash – since most retailers can’t deal with banks because of marijuana’s federal status as a Schedule I controlled substance.
Any adult with a government-issued ID that is 21 and old can buy pot from a recreational marijuana retailer, but Colorado doesn’t allow out-of-state medical marijuana patients to buy from dispensaries within the state.
Also, remember to leave minors at home. No one younger than 21 is allowed in the restricted retail area of the store.
What Isn’t Allowed
It’s illegal for individuals younger than 21 to buy or use recreational cannabis, and it’s a felony to sell or give it to anyone under age.
Adults 21 and older can’t buy or have more