Colorado and Cannabis

Posted: April 17, 2017

So, you’re from out-of-state and you’re planning a trip to Colorado. Whether you’re coming for business, or pleasure to see the city or it’s just a stop on your way to the Rockies, maybe you’ve wondered – what’s it like to buy legal marijuana? Can walking into a dispensary in Colorado to buy cannabis really be so easy?

Yep, it sure is. But, there are a few things you should know before you visit! (While this may seem like a lot of information, our Cannabis Advisors will be happy to answer any questions you have about the laws when you visit one of our stores.)

Store hours

The state has operational restrictions for stores from 8am to midnight, but the hours change by city. Denver requires that stores close at 7pm. That means if you’re not in the store (including Lucy Sky Cannabis Boutique) by 6:50 PM, sorry, you’ll have to come back the next day.

How much can you purchase?

Tourists and Colorado residents are legally allowed to purchase 28 grams of products in a single transaction. You are allowed to mix and match any product, as long as the total weight is 28 grams or less.

So, let’s say you want one candy bar (100mg), and a bunch of flower (bud); as long as you buy 24.5 grams or less of flower, you’re in the clear. But, don’t worry. Cannabis Advisors (budtenders) know all of this and will ensure that they do not sell you more than allowed.

As of October 1, 2016, new purchasing went into effect. The Marijuana Enforcement Division argues that concentrates and edibles have higher THC levels, therefore you shouldn’t be able to purchase an equivalent amount of flower.

So, in effort to make things more complicated, here are the new rules for recreational sales.

1oz Flower = 8g of concentrates (wax, shatter)

1oz Flower = 800mg of edibles

Consider the ratios like servings – 8 slices of a pie if you will. 8 100mg edibles, 8 grams of concentrates, 8 eighths, or mix and match as desired.

This will make for some wacky math at checkout, but that’s what Cannabis Advisors are for!

Consumption

First and foremost, just because it is legal to purchase and possess cannabis in Colorado, it is NOT legal to use it openly in public. That means, if you’re smoking while walking the streets in downtown Denver, you can get a ticket for doing so.

If you’re not sure where to smoke, just ask.

National Parks and Forests

Ok, now that we’ve covered general consumption laws, here’s one very important caveat. If you’re planning on heading to the mountains on your trip, you cannot legally possess cannabis on federal lands. That includes all federal properties (Denver International Airport, national parks, national forests, monuments and buildings).

According to ColoradoPotGuide.com, “Possession of marijuana on federal land is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of $1,000 on the first offense, along with a 15-day mandatory sentence that can be extended to two years in prison for a second offense. After that, perpetrators can receive a 90-day to three-year prison term, and a $5,000 fine.”

If you’re coming here to enjoy the beautiful mountains by hiking in the summer, or in the winter, ski, be aware that the following list of ski areas are on national forests. Meaning, if you’re consuming while on a ski run at any of those resorts, you’re doing so illegally.

More than likely, you’ll find a friendly ranger willing to give you a warning, but it’s easier not to take that risk.

Ski Area U.S. National Forest Location
Eldora Mountain Arapaho-Roosevelt Nederland, CO
Loveland Arapaho-Roosevelt Georgetown, CO
Winter Park Arapaho-Roosevelt Winter Park, CO
Powderhorn Resort Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison Mesa, CO
Crested Butte Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison Crested Butte, CO
Telluride Ski Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison Telluride, CO
Steamboat Medicine Bow-Routt Steamboat, CO
Monarch Pike-San Isabel Monarch, CO
Ski Cooper Pike-San Isabel Leadville, CO
Wolf Creek Rio Grande Pagosa Springs, CO
Durango Mt. Resort San Juan Durango, CO
Aspen Highlands White River Aspen, CO
Aspen Mountain White River Aspen, CO
Buttermilk White River Aspen, CO
Snowmass White River Snowmass, CO
Ski Sunlight White River Glenwood Springs, CO
Arapahoe Basin White River Keystone, CO
Breckenridge White River Breckenridge, CO
Keystone White River Keystone, CO
Vail White River Vail, CO
Beaver Creek White River Avon, CO
Copper Mountain White River Copper Mtn., CO

Source: recreation.gov

Don’t Consume and Drive

Just don’t do it. Colorado’s legal limit for the amount of active THC in your system is 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood. The ability for the body to metabolize THC varies by each individual, so it’s difficult to know how much one person can consume and safely drive. The safest bet? Have a friend drive or take an Uber or Lyft.

Traveling With Marijuana

It is illegal to take any cannabis product with you out of state. Many neighboring states aren’t happy about Colorado’s laws and have been cracking down on travelers entering their states.

Don’t Be Scared of Regulations

Yeah, there’s a lot of stipulations to legal use, but remember – it’s still legal to purchase and use cannabis in Colorado!

Everyone at Lucy Sky Cannabis Boutique is more than happy to answer each and every question you may have about cannabis and we’d be thrilled to welcome you personally to Colorado.

Until then, safe travels and hope to see you in Colorado soon!