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.)
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!
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|
|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|
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!