Denver Wants You To Know (Pot Laws)

The City and County of Denver has a new website on marijuana. Not surprisingly, it concentrates on what is not legal. The six things it wants you to know:

  • It is illegal to consume marijuana in public.
  • It is illegal to take marijuana out of state.
  • Only licensed establishments can sell retail marijuana products.
  • It is illegal for retail establishments to give or sell marijuana to minors.
  • You must be over 21 to possess or use "retail marijuana.
  • It is illegal to "drive high".

Some other things Denver would like you to know [More...]:

  • Colorado residents over age 21 can buy and possess up to 1 ounce of retail marijuana at a time. Non-residents are limited to ¼ ounce.
  • Until 2016, you must be a currently licensed medical marijuana center, manufacturer or cultivator to apply for recreational retail license.

As for growing marijuana in your home:

  • Colorado residents over age 21 can grow up to 6 marijuana plants. But roommates take note: No more than 12 total plants are allowed per residence regardless of the number of adults living there.
  • Marijuana plants must be kept in an enclosed, locked area.

As for Brewer and Shipley, 43 years have passed and they're still performing the song.

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    Colorado Is Becoming The Gateway State (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by john horse on Sat Dec 28, 2013 at 07:57:25 AM EST
    to saner drug laws.  First you let Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana and the next thing you ,reform of our marijuana laws will start to spread to other states.  

    For example, in Florida, the voters might have a chance to vote for medical marijuana (if the State Supreme Court gives its ok on the amendment). The probable Democratic candidate for Governor, Charlie Crist, is for it.  The Florida GOP, especially Attorney General Pam Bondi, is doing everything they can to prevent this amendment from being on the ballot.    

    How do they know if you are too high to drive? (none / 0) (#1)
    by fishcamp on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 11:21:29 AM EST
    Yes I've heard about the five nano grams is too high but how will they know that?  Do you have to go to a hospital to have blood drawn to check your nanos?  How long do those nanos last in your blood and what about slugging down a big jug of the herbal tea as you're being stopped?  Lotta stuff we need to know Jeralyn.

    I wanna know... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 11:32:56 AM EST
    how they're gonna police the prohibition of eating pot brownies in public...that's pretty funny.  It's like the lawmakers threw a buncha useless sh*t in the regs just to take the edge off for the prohibitionists and puritans among us.

    That being said, whatever it takes, for the greater good.


    lol. With the brownie police. (none / 0) (#3)
    by Mr Natural on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 11:57:48 AM EST
    "Heckuva Buzz, Brownie!" (none / 0) (#4)
    by Mr Natural on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 11:59:04 AM EST
    to paraphrase America's most famous and dangerous clown.

    Fear Not... (none / 0) (#6)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 12:07:32 PM EST
    ....surely there is some tech company working on weed goggles that will check for whatever isotopes or spectrum of light weed, and all his relatives, gives off.

    Ask and ye shall receive....


    Weed goggles... (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 02:24:05 PM EST
    the tyranny-tech sector gotta make it up somewhere, with prohibition on it's last leg and all.  

    Part of me is still in total disbelief...I never thought we'd see it in my lifetime, being able to walk in a store and buy a recreational sack all on the up and up with John Law.  Almost free at last, free at last...

    Sh*t I still might not believe it believe it till I get to do it myself...either in CO/WA or in a state closer to home when the rest of the country wises up.  No longer a question of if, but when.


    I don't have the link, but a week or so ago, (none / 0) (#9)
    by Mr Natural on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 02:47:44 PM EST
    I read an article about some academic who was happily touting the virtues and necessity of increased enforcement in states where the dreaded weed had been legalized.

    Like Tony Roberts, he's been running around speechifying to the punishment-4-profit community.  Gotta wonder if Big Pharma is backing him through ALEC or some related model legislation provider/lobbyist organization.


    Unfortunately... (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 03:08:14 PM EST
    there is still plenty of punishment for profit opportunity even under Colorado state law, as J's post points out.  Growing 7 plants...that's a fine.  Possessing 29 grams...that's a fine.  Etc, etc.

    But I'm hoping the regs are mostly just for show...like NYC's smoking ban in parks. On the books with nobody enforcing, just to keep the ninnies whining to a minimum.


    You Should Have... (none / 0) (#10)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 02:59:40 PM EST
    ...scheduled your layover for Denver instead of LA, but from what I hear, find a concert and you will find 'doctors' outside issuing scripts.

    I am with you, I can remember back in the 80's thinking it was beyond cool when the UW cops let people smoke weed on the day, April 20th I believe, of the NORML 'protests'.  Just being able to smoke freely out public was insanity.

    Now we are more legal, in two states, than Amsterdam.  Plus as you know, the crumbs coming out of Colorado are insane, all these new forms and super strains...

    What is very odd is the CO neighbor, Oklahoma still has some of the most draconian drugs laws on the books which is going to get a lot of people in a lot of trouble.  And Texas ain't far behind.

    I can't remember his name, but the head of NORML needs some serious props, talk about a guy with a mission who didn't let jack stop him.  


    But why would anyone in Colorado ... (none / 0) (#13)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 03:05:41 PM EST
    ... want to go to Oklahoma?



    Colorado growers... (none / 0) (#16)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 03:27:36 PM EST
    are kicking arse...no doubt.  UPS & Fedex are moving tons from CO to the NY...tis a beautiful thing.

    I pity the fool who has to drive through OK after their CO reefer-vacation, f*ckin' a...it's gonna be a field day.  

    I wonder how it's gonna play out at the airports on domestic flights...pre 9/11 it was cake flying green domestically, a little hairier post-9/11 but still fairly easy...is everybody flying outta CO gonna get the business at the airport now I wonder?


    I've always found baking brownies to be ... (none / 0) (#11)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 03:04:11 PM EST
    ... a waste of perfectly good herb. But I guess that's what you guys on the mainland have to do, when you're inundated with that funky dried brown weed from Colombia. That stuff used to give me a headache. Guess I got spoiled living out here, huh?

    Nobody smokes that dried brown weed (none / 0) (#23)
    by fishcamp on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 08:12:19 PM EST
    from Colombia anymore Donald.  They just send it over to you guys to pawn off as Maui Wowi.  We have the fantastic indoor varieties.

    Like Alcohol, Each State... (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 12:01:21 PM EST
    ...has a criteria for most popular drugs.  And yes, blood is how they check.  And I believe it's parts per million, ppm.

    But here is the thing, they don't have crossover charts, so say you alcohol level is below the legal limit and your weed number is below the legal limit, they will still get you claiming that they two put you over.  And there is no way to defend against it.  It's why blood, which usually scores higher than the breathalyzer is something to avoided at all costs if you use multiple substances.

    IOW, don't drive under the influence, even if it's below the legal limits if you are using multiple substances.  I would image 2014 is going to see an unprecedented number of blood tests for drivers, but that is my opinion.


    Yes... (none / 0) (#7)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 02:15:15 PM EST
    don't drive under the influence...but if you do, and you get stopped, never blow or give blood even though it means automatic revocation of license.  You'll still be better off when you get your day in court.

    In Texas... (none / 0) (#12)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 03:04:52 PM EST
    ...on certain holidays, the 4th, New years, and during the rodeo, they have a judge on standby to sign blood test orders(not sure if that is the right term) and medical personnel to get it.

    So sometimes the choice isn't yours to make, best bet, don't drive if you are anywhere near the limit, bite the bullet and take a cab, sleep in a ditch, or call an ex in the neighborhood.

    Even if you aren't found guilty, it's going to cost at least $10k for a descent lawyer.  That's a lot of cab rides...


    I'm with ya brother... (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by kdog on Fri Dec 27, 2013 at 03:18:50 PM EST
    just saying if you're an idiot and find yourself in that position, don't make the prosecutions job any easier...refuse all tests till somebody with a gun forces you into submission, it can make all the difference when it's time to cop a plea.

    And write yourself a note and put (none / 0) (#18)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Dec 28, 2013 at 08:22:07 AM EST
    it in your pocket of where you left the car.

    I once lost one in Jackson, MS for a day trying to remember which bar/hotel it was parked in.



    I knew deep down I liked you, Jim (none / 0) (#19)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 28, 2013 at 12:55:21 PM EST
    Nothing like us responsible inebriated folks trying to find their vehicle the following morning. A morning usually spend brushing one's teeth with pine needles or a dirty finger.

    I can't understand why rich people get (none / 0) (#21)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 07:57:06 AM EST
    DWI's.  God invented taxis to keep drunks out of jail.

    Of course I wasn't rich, but on an expense account...which is the same thing for a few hours...entertaining customers.


    It amazes me that you have customers. (none / 0) (#24)
    by fishcamp on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 08:16:08 PM EST
    Jim... (none / 0) (#25)
    by ScottW714 on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 01:30:00 PM EST
    ...back in the day I think we would have been friends.  FYI, they made a movie about that...

    And when I am traveling, I always take a couple business cards with the hotel name and address on it, so no matter how wrecked I get, or how bad my native language skills are, I can always hand a cabbie a card and get back to the room.