Colorado NORML’s Doobie-DOs!

Dec 2013

Confused by Colorado’s new marijuana laws?
Sick of all those DON’Ts and CAN’Ts?

Marijuana DO!


Retail Marijuana Shopping After January 1

  • Residents of Colorado: DO purchase up to one ounce of marijuana if you are 21 or older, but only from a licensed retail marijuana store.
  • Visitors to Colorado: DO purchase up to one-quarter ounce of marijuana if you are 21 or older, but only from a licensed retail marijuana store.
  • DO bring cash and a valid photo ID when you shop at a licensed marijuana store.
  • DO feel free to ask questions while shopping, including the effects and use of particular strains of marijuana, the myriad of tinctures, edibles, elixirs, and topicals, as well as about the various delivery systems.
  • DO consider 10mg or less as starter dose for edibles. Wait 45 minutes or longer to see how you feel before consuming more. Falling asleep or feeling too “high” is avoidable.
  • DO be aware that some stores will be selling both medical and retail marijuana products, but most medical marijuana stores have not yet converted to retail or “recreational” marijuana stores. Those stores will only be able to sell to qualified Colorado Medical Marijuana Patients and cannot sell marijuana to the general adult public.
  • DO expect to pay substantial taxes when you purchase recreational marijuana from a licensed retail marijuana store.

Medical Marijuana Shopping After January 1

  • DO purchase and possess up to two ounces of marijuana or marijuana products if you are a Registered Colorado Medical Marijuana Patient.
  • DO be aware that the fee to apply for a Colorado Medical Marijuana License has been reduced to $15.
  • DO be aware that the excise and special marijuana sales taxes apply to retail or “recreational” marijuana but not to medical marijuana.
  • DO remember to renew your Medical Marijuana Registry Card annually and to send in your renewal application paperwork at least 4-6 weeks before it expires.

Visiting Colorado

  • DO feel free to enjoy the hospitality of this budding new industry while you're visiting Colorado.
  • DO remember that the marijuana you enjoy in Colorado may be stronger than what you are accustomed to.
  • DO check with your hotel, lodge, restaurant or club about their policy regarding marijuana smoking.
  • DO ski in Colorado, but be aware some ski runs are on Federal land where marijuana is still illegal.
  • DO be aware of any restrictions on "open and public" consumption in the community you are visiting. It varies across the state.
  • DO remember that out-of-state Medical Marijuana Cards are not recognized in Colorado.
  • DO enjoy marijuana while you are visiting Colorado, but please don’t take it with you when you leave!
  • DO be patient with us. We're making history here.

Having Fun IN Colorado

  • DO smoke politely, but not "openly and publicly" or “in a manner that endangers others”.
  • DO be mindful of those around you. Courtesy is always appreciated.
  • DO be aware that recreational marijuana can only be sold from a licensed marijuana store, and cannot be legally purchased on the street or off the Internet.
  • DO share up to one ounce of your marijuana with your friends, but don't expect anything in return.
  • DO keep your marijuana and marijuana products safely out of the reach of children and pets.
  • DO make sure that everyone is aware of any infused edibles at a party or get-together. An accidental high is uncomfortable and could put you at risk.
  • DO start out with a smaller amount, if you're new to concentrates or edibles. You can always go back for more.
  • DO feel free to consume marijuana in the passenger compartment of a limousine if allowed by the operator.
  • DO dispose of your trash. Roaches and wrappers don't leave a very good impression of responsible cannabis consumers.
  • Do keep Colorado marijuana IN Colorado!

Driving in Colorado

  • DO be aware that Colorado has laws prohibiting impaired driving. Colorado law considers drivers to be impaired if they have more than 5 nanograms of active THC in the blood. Some, but NOT ALL, consumers will be below that number three hours after smoking or vaporizing, though some people will still be well above 5 ng.
  • DO recognize that the effects of alcohol and marijuana together may be more than the sum of their parts; take extra time to get sober before driving!
  • DO use the free NORML "WALK or DRIVE" I Phone App to check impairment before getting behind the wheel! Download it now.
  • DO keep all marijuana and paraphernalia stowed safely in the trunk of your car and out of reach of the driver.
  • DO smoke marijuana away from your vehicle. The smell of burnt marijuana could prompt suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana.
  • DO fasten your seatbelts, use your headlights at dusk, use your turn signals when initiating a turn, and stop completely at a stop sign.
  • DO be courteous and polite to Police Officers who pull you over for any reason.

Being Aware in Colorado

  • DO know your constitutional rights under both the U.S. and Colorado Constitutions!
  • DO ask if you are under arrest when being detained by law enforcement. Ask, “Am I free to go?” If arrested or detained, remain silent and state clearly, “I want to remain silent.” Ask for an attorney.
  • DO legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana at any time if you are 21 years old or older.
  • DO be aware that local ordinances may limit where you can purchase and enjoy marijuana.
  • DO be aware that public consumption or display in Denver carries a civil fine of up to $999.
  • DO possess and consume marijuana in Colorado, but not in federal buildings, in federal parks, or on federal land.
  • DO be aware that 25 grams—less than an ounce—gets you FOUR YEARS IN PRISON in Kansas! Other states may have similar laws.

Growing Your Marijuana in Colorado

  • DO grow up to six plants for yourself, in an enclosed and locked space. DO only flower three plants at a time.
  • DO keep 100% of the harvest of your own plants in your closed and locked space, which can be your home itself.
  • DO be aware that your local jurisdiction may limit the number of plants you can have in a “residential dwelling”, regardless of the number of adults who live there.
  • DO understand your landlord or building manager's policy regarding home cultivation.
  • DO comply with applicable building codes. They are there to protect us.

DO enjoy the Holidays!

Love and Peace,
Your Friends at Colorado NORML

In the map below, view how Colorado counties and cities stand on the issue of recreational pot shops.


Media Contacts:

, Esq., Executive Director, 303-665-3200
, Patient Advocate, 720-351-8403
, Esq., Spokesperson, 303-666-4064

This information is not to be considered legal advice. State and local laws are subject to change.


gigi's Comment:

18-Apr-2014 01:08 PM

Hi, I was wondering how would it be, if a tourist, non-american person under 21 was caught with more than an ounce on him, or caught smoking marijuana in a private place where the owner authorized it personally.
Thx !

J. Holley's Comment:

21-Mar-2014 07:13 PM

Can I legally grow recreational plants for someone else if they signed their rights over for me to grow for them?

CO NORML Response: Under Amendment 64, adults over 21 may grow up to six plants with three flowering at any one time. An adult may then give up to one ounce to another adult over the age of 21. Unlike for medical marijuana, you cannot assign your recreational plant count to someone else. A medical marijuana patient however, may assign his or her plant count to a caregiver and a caregiver may grow plants on behalf of up to five people.

Vinny Leow's Comment:

13-Mar-2014 05:28 PM

I see that a couple people asked this and you didn't really answer their question . I Realize that Under A64, an adult may possess up to one ounce of marijuana. If you have grown your own, you may keep your harvest in the closed and locked space in which you grew it. A "closed and locked space" may be your own home. But does this mean i can grow my own and only keep up to 1 oz of it and throw or give the rest away? Does it mean I can keep unlimited quantities that ive grown locked up as long as I only have 1 oz on me at a time?

CO NORML Response: An adult over 21 may keep in a closed and locked space, what he or she has harvested from plants grown in that closed and locked space. Under Amendment 64, an adult over 21 cannot legally carry on your person more than one ounce. (Unless he or she is a qualified medical marijuana patient, in which case, the limit is two ounces.)

james h from ohio's Comment:

04-Mar-2014 04:29 PM

if you are growing in colorado, what is the weight limit on the amount of bud you can keep inside your home? for instance, you might have several harvests and build a surplus, at what point does that surplus become illegal. would trimmings be included in that weight limit?

CO NORML Response: Under A64, an adult may possess up to one ounce of marijuana. If you have grown your own, you may keep your harvest in the closed and locked space in which you grew it. A "closed and locked space" may be your own home. If there are people under 21 living in your home, the "closed and locked space" must be within your home. All plant matter from the cannabis plant is considered "marijuana".

james h from ohio's Comment:

04-Mar-2014 04:25 PM

can you purchase seeds in colorado without a medical card? what about clones? if so, can you still buy those if you are from out of state? what kind of penalties can you face if caught with a bag of seeds in prohibition states?

CO NORML Response: Seeds and clones can be bought in some Colorado retail marijuana stores. No, you cannot legally obtain seeds from out-of-state and ship them into Colorado. Seeds may only be purchased from a licensed MJ retailer in Colorado. Remember, you should NEVER take any marijuana product outside of Colorado. The penalties for possession, cultivation and sale will vary from state to state. What is legal here, could mean substantial jail time in other states. Keep Colorado marijuana in Colorado.

MDK's Comment:

23-Feb-2014 08:39 AM

Congratulations NORML. Didn't think this day would come in my lifetime.

Iam's Comment:

13-Feb-2014 07:52 PM

Can seeds be bought in Colorado?

CO NORML Response: Yes, seeds can be bought in Colorado, but only from a licensed marijuana retailer. Only licensed marijuana stores may sell seeds. Only licensed marijuana grows facilities may produce seeds for sale.

Anonymous's Comment:

02-Feb-2014 06:53 AM

how much can you keep from your harvest

CO NORML Response: An adult over 21 may grow up to six plants, with up to three of those plants in flower at any one time. Under A64, you may keep what you have harvested from your plants in your "closed and locked space". Some local jurisdictions have limitations on the number of plants that can be grow in a "residential unit", so please check before you grow. In Denver, the limit is 12 plants max per residential unit, in Boulder its 6.

Interested's Comment:

23-Jan-2014 04:05 PM

If someone visits, uses marijuana and leaves to go back to their state where they have a job interview could the person not get the job because of the consumption in CO?

CO NORML Response: Unfortunately this may be the case if the job requires a drug test before employment. Even in Colorado a person may not get hired (or lose their job if employed) because of a positive drug test for off the job marijuana consumption.

K. Palmer's Comment:

19-Jan-2014 07:18 AM

How do tinctures, edibles, elixirs, and topicals etc., "weigh in" for purchase and possession limits?

CO NORML Response: You cannot go over one ounce of cannabis including what is in the edible product. To determine the amount of cannabis in the edible add the milligrams in the edible. Where you really have to be cautious is when purchasing an ounce of marijuana plus infused products. That will put you over the limit.

James Schneider's Comment:

17-Jan-2014 11:59 PM

Are the retail strains and edibles the same as the medical grades? I'm coming out in April 420!. I heard the retail isn't allowed to be as strong.

CO NORML Response: The edibles are limited to 100mg per package for retail marijuana products. There is no limit on medical products. There are no potency limits on flower. It's a plant. Medical and retail marijuana are the same. In fact, to kick start the retail inventory, they transferred plants over from medical to retail.

Anonymous's Comment:

16-Jan-2014 12:58 AM

So you can buy a quarter oz a day as long as you don't exceed a quarter oz in your possession for out of state people? And if my boyfriend and I are in the same car I can have a quarter and he does also is that legal?

CO NORML Response: Even if you are not a Colorado resident you can still have up to one ounce of marijuana. The 1/4oz limitation for out-of-state visitors is only for purchasing marijuana, you can only purchase up to 1.4oz per transaction. The persons question below is similar to yours about amounts you can carry. You and your boyfriend can each carry up to one ounce, however, it might be a problem if the two ounces are in the same container. Also, depends on what you say to a police officer; as long as everyone says, one ounce is mine, the other is hers/his, it should be fine. Do remember that any marijuana within the car should be in the trunk and it is recommended that it is in an air-tight container.

Nate's Comment:

13-Jan-2014 03:54 PM

If two adults (over 21) are riding in a car, can they each legally have their own ounce in the trunk or would the presence of two ounces make it illegal?

CO NORML Response: Each person is entitled to one ounce without a red card, however, it might be a problem if the two ounces are in the same container. Also, depends on what you say to a police officer; as long as everyone says, one ounce is mine, the other is hers/his, it should be fine.

torero cogollo's Comment:

31-Dec-2013 04:16 AM

What are the rules with visitors and tourists from abroad the US?

CO NORML Response

The rules for visitors and tourists from outside the US would be the same as someone visiting from another state within the US:

Visitors to Colorado: DO purchase up to one-quarter ounce of marijuana if you are 21 or older, but only from a licensed retail marijuana store.

Marcus Eckridge's Comment:

31-Dec-2013 12:12 AM

I would just like to say congrats to NORML!!! Your years of hard work and determination has finally paid off. The world thanks you

A.Messina's Comment:

31-Dec-2013 12:06 AM

Let's hope the history being made here spreads like wild fire to the remaining states. Let's also hope the Pot heads of America keep their heads & obey the minor restrictions that come along with this monumental freedom!

Rob Newell's Comment:

30-Dec-2013 08:06 PM

It says that residents may purchase up to an ounce, but this is very vague language. When may they purchase an ounce, and how often? Is this at each shop or is it more of a blanket coverage? Are they allowed to make a single purchase daily? Weekly? Can there be multiple purchases made in a day that end up totaling an ounce as opposed to purchasing a whole ounce at once?

CO NORML Response: As a Colorado Resident you can purchase up to an ounce from a retail marijuana store as often as you would like. Do remember you can only posses up to an ounce of marijuana at any one time (two ounces if you are a Registered Colorado Medical Marijuana Patient).
You can purchase multiple amounts from a retail marijuana store. For instance, as a Colorado Resident, you can purchase a quarter-ounce from one retail store and a three-quarters of an ounce from a another (or the same) retail store.

Mike Burgess's Comment:

30-Dec-2013 04:47 PM

Please be aware Manitou Springs Colorado will not have a Retail Marijuana Store open on Jan 1st. Fingers crossed we should be ready by Valentines day maybe a little sooner. We will be coming in a little late but be assured no Marijuana will be sold at a retail Marijuana store in Manitou Springs without first being tested for contaminants and potency. So be patient it may take us a bit more time to ensure the quality of our product. In the meantime we have many other reasons to come for a visit.

Mark Pollock's Comment:

30-Dec-2013 03:39 PM

Please come out of the 60's/ Cutesie phrases like "Doobie Do" and such sound simply nerdish. A couple other points: why the hell would Colorado pot be better than the pot I buy here in Arizona? Why would anyone still need a med pot card? And once again, please stop trying to sound like the goofy authors of "A Child's Garden of Grass." We're way past that and it embarrasses all of us pot smokers!

Eric's Comment:

30-Dec-2013 03:30 PM

Let's hope everyone follows these rules and this option can spread to the rest of the Country. Thanks NORMAL for putting this out there!!!
I think I may move to CO.

Jennifer Anderson's Comment:

30-Dec-2013 02:29 PM

Congratulations, Colorado. May the rest of the country follow your example.

Lacy Dayton's Comment:

30-Dec-2013 01:20 PM

Good job Normal!

kathy Gregory's Comment:

30-Dec-2013 12:46 PM

its about time Canibus becomes legal everywhere... I can't wait to visit to your town...

Basil Llewellyn's Comment:

30-Dec-2013 11:38 AM

Under the Visitor to CO you recommend only purchasing a quarter ounce, why?

CO NORML Reply: Thank You for your comment. State law only allows out-of-state visitors to purchase up to one-quarter ounce when visiting a retail marijuana store while a resident of Colorado can purchase up to an ounce of marijuana.

D.Rosenquist's Comment:

30-Dec-2013 03:18 AM

Very informative and fun while helping keep people responsible.

c. moore's Comment:

23-Dec-2013 12:38 PM

See 2nd bullet point under "Being Aware in Colorado." It reads, " If arrested or detailed," and I believe it is supposed to read "If arrested or detained"...

Thank you for reporting the typo. -CO NORML Webmaster, Lynda

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