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Equal Weed Purchasing Limits for All: Proposed Changes in Colorado

When it comes to purchasing marijuana in Colorado, residents and visitors have faced different limitations. Currently, Colorado residents can buy up to one ounce of marijuana at a time. At the same time, out-of-state visitors are restricted to purchasing a quarter of an ounce per transaction. However, a recently proposed bill aims to level the playing field, allowing visitors to enjoy the same purchasing limits as Colorado residents.

This proposed change has already passed the House. It is awaiting Senate approval before it reaches the desk of Governor John Hickenlooper. But why the change of heart in the state’s cannabis regulations?

The term “smurfing” is used to describe the practice of visiting multiple dispensaries to stockpile marijuana to sell it on the black market. To combat this practice and prevent visitors from buying large quantities of cannabis to take back to their home states, Colorado implemented the quarter-ounce purchasing limit for out-of-state visitors.

However, according to Colorado Senator Cheri Jahn, smurfing for out-of-state sales has not been as significant of a problem as initially feared. This perspective challenges the rationale behind the different purchasing limits for residents and visitors.

It’s worth noting that this issue has garnered attention beyond state boundaries. Nebraska and Oklahoma, for example, previously sued Colorado, alleging that the flow of marijuana across state lines was causing strain on their law enforcement agencies. However, the Supreme Court dismissed these lawsuits in March due to a lack of substantial evidence.

The potential change in purchasing limits could have significant implications for visitors looking to partake in Colorado’s legal cannabis market. If the bill becomes law, it would provide greater convenience for those from out of state, allowing them to purchase marijuana more efficiently during their visits.

At Thomas & Ahnell, LLC, we understand the complexities of Colorado’s marijuana laws. We are dedicated to helping individuals who face legal issues related to marijuana possession or use. Our Denver marijuana defense attorneys have the experience and knowledge to assist those accused of violating Colorado’s marijuana regulations, ensuring that their rights are protected throughout the legal process.


In conclusion, the proposed bill seeking equal weed purchasing limits for all reflects ongoing debates surrounding marijuana regulation in Colorado. While the fate of this bill remains uncertain pending Senate approval, it underscores the evolving nature of cannabis legislation in the state. For individuals dealing with legal matters related to marijuana in Colorado, seeking legal counsel from professionals like Thomas & Ahnell, LLC can make a significant difference in their cases.

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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