Forms and Resources
The following information is not intended to be legal advice; it is information ONLY.
If you need legal advice, consult with an attorney who can practice in the State of Colorado.
Medical Marijuana forms and information:
***For further information you can visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/enforcement/laws-constitution-statutes-and-regulations-marijuana-enforcement. ****
Medical Marijuana Rules and Regulations in Colorado
Medical marijuana is legal for adults in Colorado. But there are strict regulations as to who and how much of it can be used. In fact, the state has a marijuana policy that is considered special and as a model for other others to follow.
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.
Medical Conditions & Use of Medical Marijuana
Under the Colorado State law, the use and possession of medical marijuana is allowed to patients having the following conditions:
- Chronic pain
- Chronic nervous system
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.
As a patient you can get medicine only from a recognized, non-state-affiliated organization or club, or a recognized caregiver. Such clubs and organizations are referred to as dispensaries. Medical marijuana patients are not allowed to get prescriptions from a pharmacy. This is restricted under federal law, as it is a schedule I drug.
Life Flower Dispensary is a medical marijuana dispensary with a large MMJ menu to choose from. We carry organic flower, edibles, and concentrates. We are open daily from 8am to 12am with expert caregivers that can assist each patient to find the medication that is right for them.
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.
How to 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.
***For further information you can visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/marijuanainfodenver/residents-visitors. ****
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 posses 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 to 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.
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.
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.
As an adult and a resident, you can grow up to 6 marijuana plants in Colorado. But only up to 3 of those plants can be mature and flowering. The law requires that you can grow it only in a locked private property. You can legally possess the entire amount of the marijuana grown from the plants as long as it remains on the property where it is grown.
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