Since its legalization in 2012, recreational marijuana has been used legally in the state of Colorado.
However, legalization does not equate to a free-for-all: there are still many restrictions on growing, selling, and possessing marijuana, and the penalties for violating them are severe.
In Colorado, you may grow six plants or fewer at private residences only. Cultivation of more than six plants is a felony, which can come with hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and incarceration from two to six years.
The sale of marijuana is similarly restricted: only licensed, regulated establishments are allowed to sell recreational marijuana. Selling marijuana is still a felony, with the penalties including years in prison and hefty fines.
The possession of recreational marijuana is limited to just one ounce: if you are found with more than one ounce, you face minor to severe penalties. While possessing two ounces is a petty offense—for which you may receive a small fine—possessing more than twelve ounces is a felony punishable by a large fine and even prison time.
It is also illegal to take marijuana into another state, drive while under the influence of marijuana, and smoke or consume marijuana in public.
In addition to state-wide laws, certain cities have their own restrictions on retail marijuana. Some cities, like Denver, allow you to grow a small amount of marijuana for personal use. Other places in Colorado, including Douglas County, have banned recreational marijuana. This means that, in these places, people who grow an insignificant amount of marijuana for personal use could face police raids and arrest.
When using, growing, and selling marijuana in Colorado, it’s important that you understand both city and state laws. Don’t assume that you can’t be arrested and prosecuted for a marijuana-related crime: you can, and law enforcement will not go easy on you.
If you’ve been arrested for a marijuana-related offense in or around Denver, get help protecting your rights from experienced Denver criminal defense lawyers. At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, we’re committed to getting our clients the best possible result in their case.
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