Marijuana laws in Colorado have evolved significantly over the years. Here’s a comprehensive overview of the current legal landscape regarding marijuana use in the state.
Legalization and Use: In November 2012, Colorado took a groundbreaking step by legalizing marijuana for adults over the age of 21, through Amendment 64 to the Colorado Constitution. This amendment marked a significant shift in drug policy, making Colorado one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana use. To understand more about the historical journey of marijuana laws in Colorado, you can refer to the journey of marijuana laws in Colorado.
Medical Marijuana: Colorado has a medical marijuana program, which began in 2000. This program allows patients with qualifying debilitating medical conditions to receive a registry identification card for legal access to medical marijuana. Further details on medical marijuana and registry can be found on the Colorado Cannabis website.
Regulations and Restrictions: Despite legalization, there are strict regulations and restrictions on the use, possession, cultivation, and distribution of marijuana. For instance, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal, akin to alcohol, with an established impairment level for marijuana in Colorado set at 5 nanograms of delta-9 THC per milliliter of blood. Learn more about the regulations and driving implications at Driving and Traveling.
State Revenue from Marijuana: The legalization of marijuana has also had a significant economic impact. In April 2022, Colorado received $88.2 million in revenue from marijuana, which contributes to various state-funded programs. The specifics of marijuana’s impact on the state budget and its distributions can be explored further in the 2021 Marijuana Handbook provided by the Colorado General Assembly.
Local Laws and Policies: It’s important to note that while marijuana is legal at the state level, local jurisdictions in Colorado may have their own rules and policies. Therefore, it’s crucial to check local laws in each county or town before using marijuana. More information about how marijuana laws differ in each county can be found on the Marijuana in Colorado page.
For a complete understanding of the laws and regulations surrounding marijuana use in Colorado, including the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) and the latest “Impacts on Marijuana Legalization in Colorado” report, visit the Colorado Cannabis website and the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice publications.