When Amendment 64 was passed in November 2012, many hopeful marijuana businesses sought approval from the state and local authorities to open legal retail shops. However, very few of those retailers were able to complete the arduous licensing process, and on January 1, 2014, only a fraction of those shops could legally open to the public when the new law took effect. This led to long lines of eager and impatient customers.
Prior to the adoption of Amendment 64, only medical marijuana dispensaries were allowed to sell to patients ages 18 or older and with a state issued “Red Card.” But with the retail marijuana business gaining speed, numerous legal pot shops have begun sprouting up all around Colorado. Since recreational sales began, it’s been estimated that the number of legally licensed shops in the Denver-metro area has already tripled.
The licensing process is still quite lengthy and rigorous and only existing medical marijuana centers are currently eligible to convert to retail stores before 2016. Additionally, individual cities and counties in Colorado are permitted to ban or restrict the sale and use of marijuana within its jurisdiction, making the selling and buying process, perhaps, a bit intimidating.
But regardless of each municipality’s ban and restrictions, any adult age 21 or older is allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana at any time as outlined in the Colorado Constitution.
So how and where exactly can customers buy marijuana?
Buying retail marijuana is similar to buying alcohol. Adults ages 21 or older can purchase marijuana from a legally licensed retail store. A customer must simply present a valid government issued ID, proving his or her age, and is then free to make their purchase up to the legal amount.
Residents with a valid Colorado ID can purchase up to one ounce (about 28 grams) of marijuana at a time. Non-residents and those with out of state IDs may purchase up to a quarter of an ounce (about 7 grams) of marijuana at once. Multiple purchases can be made throughout the day as long as the possession limit isn’t exceeded.
Many marijuana businesses are cash-only. However, with the expansion and success of legal marijuana retailers, many stores are beginning to accept credit cards as form of payment.
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