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Medical Marijuana forms and information:
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Marijuana FAQs - CO Regulations - Life Flower Dispensary
Medical marijuana is legal for adults in Colorado. But there are strict regulations as to who can use it and how much of it can be used. In fact, the state has a marijuana policy that has proved successful and has been used as a model for other others to follow.
Who Can Purchase Marijuana in Colorado?
In order to legally purchase recreational or medical marijuana in the state of Colorado, you much be at least 21 years old and present a valid ID at the time of purchase. Anyone with these qualifications can purchase recreational marijuana, however users with a qualifying medical condition can register for a MED card to purchase medical marijuana. More information about this process, including the process and fees, can be found on the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Medical Marijuana Registry page.
What are the Medical Marijuana Laws in Colorado?
According to the Amendment 20 of November 2000, the State Constitution was amended to allow the use of marijuana for patients who had written medical consent. This law allows patients to possess up to 2 ounces of medical marijuana. They are also allowed to cultivate up to 6 cannabis plants.
In some circumstances medical patients have possessed more than the 2 ounces. A doctor can make a recommendation to the state to allow you to possess more medicine and to cultivate more plants. This can vary depending on the kind of condition you have as a patient. However, the state law doesn’t protect your rights under such circumstances.
Age Limit – Patients of all age group can apply for Medical Marijuana Registration Card. To qualify for a medical marijuana card the patient must have a physician certification to submit with their application to the State of Colorado. This certification must be done through a doctor that has a relationship to the patient and agrees that the patient will receive therapeutic benefit from it.
Minors can also be legal medical marijuana patients once they have parental consent and pass the application process.
What Medical Conditions Qualify for the Use of Medical Marijuana?
Under the Colorado State law, the use and possession of medical marijuana is permitted for patients having the following conditions:
- Chronic pain
- Chronic nervous system
- See your medical provider for other qualifying conditions
It is also allowed for other conditions related to glaucoma, AIDS/HIV, seizures, multiple sclerosis, nausea, and muscle spasticity.
Usage in Public – But use of medical marijuana is not allowed in public places or anywhere you are in plain view. It also cannot be used in any way that may cause danger to others.
How do you get a medical marijuana card in Colorado?
If you are a qualifying patient having any of the above-mentioned medical conditions, you can apply for medical marijuana card in Colorado. The process involves the following steps:
- Consult your doctor to find out if your condition can be treated with medical marijuana. They will also determine if your condition falls within the guidelines of the state.
- Once your doctor has recommended you for medical marijuana, you will have to fill the medical marijuana registry application to get your identification card.
- Choose from one of the 5 options before filling up the application: 1. producing medicine for yourself, 2. Choosing a center, 3. Choosing a caregiver, 4. Choosing caregiver and self (patient and caregiver can grow up to 6 plants each), and choosing center and self
Beside the above-mentioned conditions, there are some diseases which can cause qualifying conditions. Patients with these diseases may also apply for medical marijuana card: rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, and PTSD.
What are the Rules for Cultivating Medical Marijuana?
Patients are allowed to cultivate up to 6 marijuana plants. Alternatively, the primary caregiver is allowed to do so. However, out of the 6 plants, only up to 3 are allowed to be mature and flowering.
Where Can I Purchase Marijuana in Colorado?
Recreational and medical marijuana can only be purchased from a dispensary licensed by the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division. Depending on the city in which you intend to purchase, you may be limited to the type of marijuana that you can purchase. For example, the city of Colorado Springs only allows the sale of medical marijuana, so if you do not have a medical card, you will have to travel to a nearby location such as Manitou Springs, Pueblo or Denver to purchase recreational marijuana.
Some dispensaries, depending on the location, will sell both medical and recreational marijuana, while others may sell one or the other. Be sure to check the hours for the dispensary you plan to visit. The state of Colorado authorizes dispensaries to be open from 8am to midnight, however, some municipalities limit these open hours even more.
How Much Marijuana Can I Purchase in Colorado?
Both Colorado residents and tourists from out of state can purchase up to 28 grams (1 ounce) of marijuana in a single transaction. This weight is solely for the purchase of flower but is converted to 8g of concentrates or 800mg of edibles. You can mix and match products until you reach the overall limit. For example, if you want a ½ ounce of flower, you are still eligible to purchase up to 4g of concentrates OR 400mg of edibles.
***For further information you can visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/marijuanainfodenver/residents-visitors. ****
What are the Recreational Marijuana Rules & Regulations in Colorado?
Recreational marijuana use in Colorado is regulated by the Colorado Amendment 64 of 2012. If you are 21 a person is allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis if you are traveling within the State of Colorado. You can also gift up to 1 ounce of it to others who are 21 and older.
Non-residents visiting the state are only allowed to buy 0.25 ounce (1/4 oz.) at a time. They will have to show and out-of-state ID to make the purchase and be over the age of 21.
Residents can buy up to 1 ounce at a time and must be 21 or over with a valid Colorado I.D.
Where can you buy Recreational Marijuana in Colorado?
Recreational marijuana can be purchased from recreational marijuana dispensaries throughout the state. Call first to make sure they have the ability to sell recreational marijuana products because many are medical marijuana dispensaries only and you will need a medical marijuana card to purchase from that dispensary.
Life Flower Dispensary is a recreational and medical marijuana dispensary that is open 7 days a week from 8am – 12am daily. We are conveniently located near downtown and can be easily accessed from the airport. We have a large menu of marijuana, hash, and marijuana edibles (see above). We even have pre-rolled joints to make it easier! Our specialty is organic marijuana clones. The staff is happy to help you find just what you are looking for and recommend the best items for you to try. Come see us, we love to meet new visitors!
Colorado’s cannabis policy states that each community can decide IF they want to sell marijuana, but it is widely approved in the greater Denver area. You can purchase recreational marijuana from these dispensaries as long as you are 21 and older. However, the 1-ounce rule applies, you cannot buy more than that.
What Types of Marijuana Products are Available for Purchase in Colorado?
With the boom of the Cannabis industry, a variety of products have entered the market. Depending on your preferred method of consumption and desired effect, you will find a variety of marijuana products, including:
Whatever method you choose to consume, you can also purchase the materials needed to use the products above at your local dispensary, including bongs, vape pens, papers, pre-rolled joints, and pipes.
If you’re looking to grow your own marijuana plants at your Colorado residence, many dispensaries also offer clones and/or seeds produced by their in-house cultivation department.
Where Can You Use Marijuana?
When it comes to where to use recreational marijuana, the rules are similar to those for alcohol. It is illegal to smoke or use it in public.
You cannot use marijuana at the dispensary. You will have to leave with it and use it only at your private place. You cannot use it at any other public place. Smoking marijuana is banned the same way under the Clean Indoor Air Act for cigarette smoking.
Marijuana may not be smoked in the driver’s seat or front seat of a vehicle. It may be consumed in the rear section of the vehicle if the owner permits. Marijuana may not be smoked in public transits such as buses or Light Rail.
Be aware, that there is marijuana equivalent of a DUI in Colorado and also no open containers of marijuana are permitted in a vehicle similar to alcohol laws. Smoke responsibly and do not operate a vehicle when you are impaired.
You also have to be careful about the smell when smoking it. You may smoke it on your property, in the backyard, balcony, or front porch, but you have to be careful that your neighbors are not affected by it. In fact, the rules for this are different in different cities and counties.
Can I Use Marijuana in Public?
Short answer, no. You’re only allowed to use marijuana while in the comfort of your private residence, if you own the property. If you are in a rental property or staying in a hotel during a visit, you need to check with the landlord, property manager or hotel staff to see if they allow the use of marijuana on their premises. You are not allowed to smoke, eat, or vape any type of marijuana in public locations, including local parks, schools, restaurants, concerts, sidewalks, or the common areas of apartment buildings or condos.
If you’re planning on visiting any of the beautiful national parks or forests, remember that marijuana is still federally illegal, so use on these premises is a definite no. This also applies to many ski slope locations since they are usually on federal land.
Can My Employer Drug Test Me for Marijuana?
Yes! Employers have the right to drug test you, even for the legal use of marijuana in Colorado. As a pre-employment screening, employers have the right to not hire you if the test comes back positive for marijuana, even if you have a medical card. If you are already employed with the company and asked to complete a drug test, the company has the right to terminate your employment if the test returns positive. When in doubt, check with your workplace’s policies on marijuana use before consuming.
Can I Share My Marijuana with Friends or Family?
You are free to share your marijuana with anyone 21 years or older, however, you are limited to sharing up to 1 ounce. If you grow your own plants at home, this law still applies, and you cannot receive any kind of monetary payment for the marijuana shared.
Can I Make My Own Marijuana Hash in Colorado?
Yes, but the creation of hash using flammable liquids, such as butane, propane, ether or alcohol, is extremely dangerous and therefore illegal. To create your own marijuana hash, you may use safer methods such as dry ice or ice water instead.
What are the Regulations for Visitors?
Visitors to Colorado are also allowed to buy and use recreational marijuana. But you are not allowed to carry it along when leaving the state. The Denver airport bans possession and you can be charged under the relevant law if found the possess it.
As a visitor to Colorado, it is important to understand that marijuana remains illegal as per federal law. It remains illegal under the federal law as per the Controlled Substance Act. So traveling with marijuana out of state is completely illegal. You cannot take it along even to another state where marijuana is legal. You will have to strictly use it within the state.
Can you Travel with Marijuana in Colorado?
This will depend on where you are traveling to. If you are traveling within the state of Colorado, you may travel with the maximum legal amount as long as it is in a sealed container. If the product’s seal has been broken, you can be charged with a traffic offense if there’s evidence that it was consumed in the vehicle. It is in your best interest to put this container in a location like the trunk where you do not have access to the product while traveling just in case, you’re pulled over by law enforcement. If pulled over, you can disclose that you have the product without the fear of officers wondering if it’s been opened and/or consumed while operating the vehicle.
If you are traveling out of state, whether in a car or on the plane, you may NOT transport your marijuana products. Crossing state lines with any marijuana products is against the law and can result in steep fines, federal jail time or both.
Can Using Marijuana Result in a DUI?
Just like alcohol, the use of marijuana can impair your judgement while operating a motor vehicle. If you are pulled over for suspicion of impairment, you can be prosecuted for a DUI if you test for 5 nanograms of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per milliliter of whole blood or more. It is important to note that marijuana consumption reacts differently with each individual based on how it metabolizes in their body. If you are a new user, give your body several hours to process the THC before you decide to get behind the wheel. To be safe, ask a friend for a ride home or call a driving service to get you to your desired location.
Can I Grow My Own Marijuana?
If you own a private residence, you may grow your own marijuana plants. As a Colorado resident, you may have up to 6 plants total, but only 3 of which are allowed to be in the flowering stage of growth. There is a maximum of 12 plants allowed for one residential property. Also, be sure to check your local municipality laws to see if they enforce stricter laws for that area.
If you decide to grow your own plants, they must be kept in an enclosed, locked area so that minors cannot access the plants whether they live in the home or come to visit.
Any flower produced from homegrown plants cannot be sold for a profit.
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