Colorado has legalized the recreational use of marijuana since 2014. Consumers can purchase cannabis and marijuana without a doctor’s note and without a prescription. Since then, Colorado has welcomed many fellow Americans who want to consume marijuana either for relaxation or to support their health against various ailments and conditions.
Before embarking on cannabis consumption, it’s good to know what the laws regarding marijuana are. Also, we want to help people understand how they can travel around Colorado and out of it while in the possession of marijuana.
How Much Marijuana May I Buy In Colorado?
The state has set a limit to how much cannabis a consumer can buy in a single transaction. The limit is 1 ounce of cannabis flowers (about 28 grams), or 8 grams of cannabis concentrate, or 800 mg of edibles. Marijuana dispensaries may only serve people once per day.
You may mix and match the products you buy as long as you stay under the limit. Here at Mountain Annie’s marijuana dispensary, our budtenders will be happy to guide you when you mix and match marijuana products to help you stay within the legal limit.
What Is the Age Limit to Buy Cannabis in Colorado?
You must be at least 21 years old to buy cannabis in a recreational dispensary in Colorado. A government-issued ID is necessary to prove your age, like your driver’s license or a passport.
May I Travel around Colorado with Cannabis?
You may travel around Colorado with cannabis. You may also transport your cannabis in your car, as long as it is in a sealed container.
Amtrak does not allow marijuana possession on its trains, even if you are traveling within a state that has legalized the recreational use of marijuana, like Colorado.
Many bus companies follow Amtrak’s policy. Before traveling with marijuana in your luggage, it is best to contact the company running the transportation and asking for their marijuana policy.
May I Travel outside Colorado with Cannabis?
It is best if you do not travel with cannabis outside of Colorado. The reason is that cannabis is legal in Colorado under state laws but remains illegal at the federal level.
Borders and interstate roads are under federal authority. If you carry marijuana with you and are searched, then your marijuana will be confiscated. You also risk a hefty fine and possibly a prison sentence.
Interestingly enough, even traveling between two states that have legalized recreational marijuana is risky. Again, because of the state borders and interstate connections, there is federal land through which you need to pass to reach the other state.
As for flying with marijuana, it is highly suggested you leave your marijuana in Colorado. Consuming marijuana in an airport is prohibited and transporting it can be risky. The most likely event is that you will be asked to dispose of your marijuana before boarding the plane.
And another interesting piece of information: you may not mail your marijuana. The United States Postal Service is a federal agency. Since marijuana is illegal under federal law, it makes sense that no marijuana may be shipped through their network.
Where Can I Use My Marijuana in Colorado?
You may only use marijuana in Colorado privately. That means you may not consume or smoke your cannabis joint publicly, even if you are in your car. Of course, marijuana and cannabis edibles are less conspicuous and more discreet.
You may consume your marijuana in the privacy of your home. If you are a tourist, remember that many hotels do not allow smoking in their rooms, and that includes marijuana. The same can be true for Airbnb accommodation.
You must also remember that many locations in Colorado are federal land. Again, because marijuana has not been legalized at the federal level and is considered a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA, you may not consume marijuana in federal parks and monuments, airports, courthouses, post offices, and any other area that is considered federal rather than state land.
Can I Drive When I Take Marijuana in Colorado?
It is strongly advised you do not consume marijuana before driving. Driving under the influence of marijuana is classified as a DUI. You risk a jail conviction and up to a $1,000 fine.
The legal limit for cannabis in your blood is 5 nanograms of THC per 1 ml of blood. It is relatively difficult to estimate how much marijuana this corresponds to. To be safe, we suggest you use a taxi, Uber, or Lyft, or have a friend drive you to your destination.
The reason behind this limit is that THC—which is the main cannabinoid in marijuana—is psychotropic and will limit your attention span and reaction times. Since you will be less alert when driving, you could cause serious damage or injury to yourself or others.
Likewise, people under the influence of cannabis are less aware of risky behaviors and could be making decisions that are dangerous and unsafe.
May I Share My Marijuana with Friends in Colorado?
You may give marijuana to your friends as long as they are over 21 years old and you remain within the legal cannabis quantity limit set by Colorado State.
How Do I Dispose of Marijuana in Colorado?
The best thing is to carefully calculate how much marijuana you will consume and purchase the appropriate quantity. However, you could end up with marijuana leftovers. If you are visiting Colorado and have some leftover marijuana as you’re about to leave, it is best if you leave it behind when returning to your home state or country. You can throw it in a bin or dumpster as long as you have placed it in a sealed container such as a closed jar so that the content is not obvious.
If you are traveling through Colorado Springs’ airport, you will find amnesty boxes for marijuana and cannabis. You may dispose of your marijuana there before flying.
Mountain Annie’s Marijuana Dispensary
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will guide you through your marijuana purchases. They will be happy to help you with cannabis quantities and marijuana strains.
Our Mountain Annie’s marijuana dispensaries offer cannabis flowers, concentrates, edibles, pre-rolls, vaporizers, tinctures, topicals, and accessories. Find us at four Colorado locations in Ridgway, Silverton, Durango, and Cortez, or visit the Mountain Annie’s Marijuana Dispensary website for more information. We are open Monday to Sunday, 8:00 am-8:00 pm. You can also order your marijuana products online and drop by one of our four locations for pickup.