About Marijuana in Colorado

Colorado is a seasoned legal marijuana state. Colorado voters passed Amendment 20 in 2000, which permitted medical use of marijuana for approved patients with written medical consent and in possession of an identification card registered with the Colorado Department of Health.

On January 1, 2014 recreational marijuana use became legal in the state of Colorado with the enactment of Colorado Amendment 64. What this means is that adults aged 21 or older can purchase and consume cannabis and related products through legal dispensaries. Consumption is permitted in a manner similar to alcohol, with equivalent offenses proscribed for driving. Consumption in public remains illegal. Amendment 64 also provides for licensing of cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, and retail stores.

The legalization of marijuana has contributed very positively to Colorado’s economy and tourism trade. Since marijuana was legalized in Colorado, marijuana arrests are down, tax revenue is up and support for reform continues to grow. While visitors and tourists can use and purchase marijuana in Colorado, they cannot take it out of state and it is prohibited at Denver International Airport.

For more information about Marijuana in Colorado, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment