Cannabis Laws in Colorado Cannabis Laws

Colorado is one of the most cannabis-friendly states in the US. Alongside Washington, Colorado became one of the first states to legalize recreational cannabis in 2012, and in 1975 was an early adoptee of cannabis decriminalization. Colorado is a place where desperate patients relocate to for their medical cannabis program, and also where non-medical enthusiasts go in order to sample some of the state's excellent produce.

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Medical Cannabis Laws in Colorado

Telehealth for Cannabis in Colorado

Telehealth is legal for medical cannabis consultations in Colorado. You can see a compassionate and friendly medical marijuana physician online with Leafwell today.

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Recreational Cannabis Laws in Colorado

Benefits of having a Medical Marijuana Card in a Recreational State like Colorado

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Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in Colorado

Medical Marijuana for Minors in Colorado

You must be aged 18 or over in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card for yourself in Colorado. Those aged under 18 can qualify as minors, but will need a caregiver and two physicians’ letters of recommendation for medical cannabis. Caregivers must be 18 years old or over. Colorado caregivers must:

Register for the Colorado caregiver program here.

Cannabis Possession Limits in Colorado

For medical card holders = 2 oz. flower, 1 oz. concentrate;
For recreational users (if applicable) = 2 oz. flower, 8 g concentrate

Cannabis Cultivation Laws in Colorado

For both medical card holders and recreational users = 6 plants, with only 3 being mature at any one time. However, a CO medical marijuana patient may get a physician’s recommendation to grow up to 99 plants.

Medical Marijuana and Employment Laws

While the medicinal use of marijuana has been allowed in Colorado since 2000, employers are not required to accommodate it in the workplace. Many choose to drop marijuana from drug testing requirements, but some decide to keep it in. The following industries are more likely to test for marijuana as well:

  • Health Care & Hospitals
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Government
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance
  • Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
  • Real Estate
  • Non-Profit

There is no law protecting off-site use of medical marijuana in Colorado.

Medical Cannabis Qualification, Gun Laws and Convictions

There are no specific laws in Colorado about possessing a firearm and possessing marijuana. However, it is federally illegal to consume cannabis and possess or use a firearm. Even if you are not under the influence of cannabis at the time, THC metabolites can stay in the body for quite some time, and this may be used to restrict your firearm possession and may invalidate your medical marijuana recommendation.

Those who have any non-violent convictions may apply for the medical marijuana program as both a patient or as a caregiver. However, those with a felony record may be prevented from working in the cannabis industry, depending on the type of crime and whether the conviction is over 7 years-old.

Local Cannabis Laws in Colorado

Even though Colorado is a popular state for medical cannabis patients and MMJ tourists alike, this doesn’t mean that the whole state is cannabis-friendly. Even though Denver, Boulder and mountain reort communities have dispensaries and relatively easily-accessible cannabis, many municipalities still ban cannabis dispensaries and pot shops.

Cannabis is legal in the following Colorado cities: