Legality of Marijuana in Colorado

Colorado is one of the states that has received a lot of attention for the legalization of marijuana. However, there are still many individuals out there who may not know the laws concerning marijuana and their rights should they ever be stopped by law enforcement.

If you’re ever in a situation where you have been stopped or arrested because of marijuana, you must know your rights. This information can be vital in your defense and working with a lawyer can be very beneficial to your freedom.

Driving under the influence of marijuana, or driving while impaired by marijuana, is illegal, even if you have a valid medical marijuana card. If you have been arrested for DUI, DUID or DWAI, hiring an experienced lawyer is crucial to protecting your rights and driving privileges.

What the Laws Allow

The laws below are from around the spring of 2020, and if you have any questions about them, you should speak with an attorney about your rights.

  • Possession: Legally, you are allowed to use or gift up to 1 ounce of recreational marijuana. If you are in possession of 1.1 to 2 ounces of marijuana, it is considered a petty offense. Possession of more than 2 ounces is a misdemeanor, and possession of more than 12 ounces is a felony.
  • Use: If caught using marijuana in a public place, it is a petty offense as well.
  • Cultivation and selling: You are legally allowed to cultivate no more than 6 marijuana plants. Any more than that is a felony. Furthermore, if you attempt to sell marijuana without a license, it is illegal.

Of course, there are many more laws that you should know, and if you’re ever unsure of your rights of a situation in which you are arrested for marijuana, speaking with a drug lawyer should be a top priority. You don’t have to go through the process alone.

At Springer & Steinberg, P.C., we’re committed to defending you in your time of need. Our Denver criminal defense attorneys work to explain your rights after a marijuana arrest, allowing you to make informed decisions along the way.

If you’ve been arrested, contact our firm at (303) 861-2800 today.


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