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If you’re using marijuana, stay up to date with the laws about who can use it, where to use it, and when. First off, did you know Colorado treats retail and medical marijuana differently? Anyone over age 21 can buy and use retail marijuana, even visitors to the state. Medical marijuana is only allowed for Colorado residents with a recommendation by a doctor. 1. Now that pot is legal, anyone can have it, right? Wrong. Anyone under the age of 21 who is caught with recreational pot will get a ticket. Selling retail marijuana to someone under age 21 will also earn you a misdemeanor. This same rule even allows cannabis stores to keep fake IDs and hold you if you are trying to illegally buy pot! So unless you feel like getting in trouble for a fake ID and trying to illegally buy marijuana, don’t risk it. If you do get caught with a joint or a pipe as a minor, the first offense will cost you up to $100 or a substance abuse class. Yes, that means going to class on the weekend or evening to learn about how pot is the “Devil’s lettuce”. Your second time getting caught will result in a $100 fine, the ultra-fun substance abuse class, 24 hours of community service and maybe substance abuse treatment.  For a third offense, there is a fine of up to $250, 36 hours of community service and substance abuse treatment. If you want to volunteer that bad, we can help find a worthy cause without the legal trouble. 2. Open Container Rules You can get a ticket for an open container of pot, just like alcohol. Open marijuana container means anything that holds weed or a marijuana accessory that contains any amount of marijuana, even if it has only residue!  This applies to containers with a broken seal or any evidence that marijuana has been consumed in a vehicle. Don’t “hot-box” your car, it’s dangerous and illegal. 3. Can I Buy Weed From The Kid In College Down The Street? Absolutely not! Retail stores are the ONLY place you can legally buy marijuana in Colorado and they cannot sell more than an ounce (28 grams) of pot to Colorado residents, in a transaction. For non-residents of Colorado, retail stores can sell a quarter ounce (7 grams) of marijuana a single transaction. Be careful if you are in a retail shop that allows you to leave with more than legally allowed, you can both get in trouble whether you knew it was against the law or not. 4. Gifting Marijuana And The Craigslist Dilemma There is one way to get retail cannabis, other than buying it from a shop; having it gifted to you. This means you are allowed to give another person, over age 21, up to an ounce of pot. This means you are NOT allowed to accept “donations” for free gifts – the police will bust you. There are plenty of Craigslist ads for these type of deals but police know about this and have been cracking down. People in California pioneered this exchange method but it is now an easy target for law enforcement. Don’t buy or sell marijuana on the internet, you’re asking for trouble. 5. Public Safety There are a few rules that will go into effect in late 2014 regarding safety. Edibles will be packaged in a child-resistant container and have a limit of 100mg of active THC per package (100mg is roughly 10 servings!).  Retail marijuana products will also be required to have labels that list ingredients, refrigerating instructions, serving size in milligrams, number of servings and total active THC per package, expiration date, license numbers, production batch numbers, warning statements, and date of sale. These rules will help bring some clarity to the marijuana buying experience. Make sure you know your limit and you don’t overdo it with pot brownies the next time you’re catching a buzz.

5 Marijuana Laws You Need To Know

If you’re using marijuana, stay up to date with the laws about who can use it, where to use it, and when.

First off, did you know Colorado treats retail and medical marijuana differently? Anyone over age 21 can buy and use retail marijuana, even visitors to the state. Medical marijuana is only allowed for Colorado residents with a recommendation by a doctor.

  1. Now that pot is legal, anyone can have it, right?

Wrong. Anyone under the age of 21 who is caught with recreational pot will get a ticket. Selling retail marijuana to someone under age 21 will also earn you a misdemeanor. This same rule even allows cannabis stores to keep fake IDs and hold you if you are trying to buy pot illegally! So unless you feel like getting in trouble for a fake ID and trying to buy marijuana illegally, don’t risk it.

If you do get caught with a joint or a pipe as a minor, the first offense will cost you up to $100 or a substance abuse class. Yes, that means going to class on the weekend or evening to learn about how pot is the “Devil’s lettuce”. Your second time getting caught will result in a $100 fine, the ultra-fun substance abuse class, 24 hours of community service, and maybe substance abuse treatment. For a third offense, there is a fine of up to $250, 36 hours of community service and substance abuse treatment. If you want to volunteer that badly, we can help you find a worthy cause without legal trouble.

  1. Open Container Rules

You can get a ticket for an open container of pot, just like alcohol. Open marijuana container means anything that holds weed or a marijuana accessory that contains any amount of marijuana, even if it has only residue! This applies to containers with a broken seal or any evidence that marijuana has been consumed in a vehicle. Don’t “hot-box” your car; it’s dangerous and illegal.

  1. Can I Buy Weed From The Kid In College Down The Street?

Absolutely not! Retail stores are the ONLY place you can legally buy marijuana in Colorado, and they cannot sell more than an ounce (28 grams) of pot to Colorado residents in a transaction. For non-residents of Colorado, retail stores can sell a quarter ounce (7 grams) of marijuana in a single transaction. Be careful if you are in a retail shop that allows you to leave with more than legally allowed; you can both get in trouble whether you know it is against the law or not.

  1. Gifting Marijuana And The Craigslist Dilemma

There is one way to get retail cannabis other than buying it from a shop: having it gifted to you. This means you are allowed to give another person over age 21 up to an ounce of pot. This means you cannot accept “donations” for free gifts – the police will bust you.

There are plenty of Craigslist ads for these types of deals, but police know about this and have been cracking down. People in California pioneered this exchange method, but it is now an easy target for law enforcement. Don’t buy or sell marijuana on the internet; you’re asking for trouble.

  1. Public Safety

A few rules regarding safety will go into effect in late 2014. Edibles will be packaged in a child-resistant container with a limit of 100mg of active THC per package (100mg is roughly ten servings!). Retail marijuana products must also have labels that list ingredients, refrigerating instructions, serving size in milligrams, number of servings and total active THC per package, expiration date, license numbers, production batch numbers, warning statements, and date of sale.

These rules will help bring some clarity to the marijuana buying experience. Make sure you know your limit, and you don’t overdo it with pot brownies the next time you’re catching a buzz.

Conclusion

Navigating the legal landscape of marijuana in Colorado requires a nuanced understanding of the laws in place. The distinction between retail and medical marijuana, the age restrictions, and the penalties for violations are crucial aspects to be aware of. Colorado’s legalization of marijuana for recreational use doesn’t equate to a free-for-all, especially for individuals under 21 who face fines, community service, and substance abuse classes for offenses. The open container rules parallel those of alcohol, emphasizing responsible consumption. Furthermore, the restriction on purchasing marijuana exclusively from licensed retail stores discourages illegal transactions and emphasizes adherence to legal limits.

The gift-giving loophole and the Craigslist dilemma serve as cautionary tales, warning against attempting to circumvent the system. Law enforcement’s crackdown on online transactions underscores the importance of respecting legal channels for obtaining marijuana. Looking ahead, safety regulations introduced in 2014, such as child-resistant packaging and clear labeling, demonstrate the state’s commitment to public safety. As the marijuana industry continues to evolve, staying informed about the intricacies of the law is imperative to ensure a positive and legal experience for individuals partaking in Colorado’s legalized cannabis culture.

Do you have further questions or concerns? Call us or contact the attorneys at Thomas & Ahnell, LLC, and we will be happy to help.

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