The laws surrounding marijuana use in Colorado are relatively straightforward to understand. Still, it’s helpful to brush up from time to time on a few of the finer points of legalized marijuana in the state, such as whether it’s OK to order marijuana online to have it delivered.
As progressive as Colorado has regarded drug laws and marijuana specifically, you don’t want to break the law unknowingly. In 2019, the legislature in the state began a pilot program to test the delivery of marijuana – but the program has a lot of limitations everyone should understand.
Here is what you need to know about legally ordering marijuana online in the state.
Who Is Allowed to Buy Marijuana in Colorado?
To buy marijuana in Colorado for recreational purposes, a person must be at least 21 years of age. You must also have a government-issued identification card to prove your age.
For anyone under 21, a medical marijuana card is required to purchase marijuana. And only those who are residents of Colorado are eligible to apply for a medical marijuana card.
Who Can Sell Marijuana in Colorado?
The state requires anyone who sells marijuana to be a licensed marijuana dispensary. However, it’s important to note that not every place that sells medical marijuana also sells recreational marijuana and vice versa. You should research before attempting to purchase marijuana online or in person about the dispensary from which you’d like to buy it.
Can You Have Marijuana Delivered?
In Colorado, it is legal to buy marijuana online and have it delivered to your home as long as the local government in your area has approved the ability to do so. Like every other aspect of selling marijuana in Colorado, the local government has to support a practice before being carried out. Approval for recreational marijuana delivery occurs in a few places, so you need to check with your local government to see if it’s available in your area.
Another thing to be made aware of about marijuana delivery is that the state requires a surcharge of one dollar added to the delivery cost. The money gets handed over to the town’s local government, where the dispensary operates. This fee can be in addition to other delivery fees charged by the individual dispensary and any tip you provide to the person who delivers the goods.
Marijuana Delivery Regulations in Colorado
Regarding marijuana delivery, there are the same restrictions when buying for delivery as in-store. Remember, those over age 21 in Colorado can legally possess up to two ounces of marijuana or its equivalent. You can possess up to 16 grams of concentrate, 56 grams of flower, and 1,600 grams of edibles in recreational products. When it comes to purchasing marijuana, however, Colorado citizens can buy up to 28 grams at once in a single transaction.
You also cannot get marijuana delivered to your home more than once each day.
There’s no question that Colorado is at the forefront of legalized marijuana in the United States, and the policies enacted in the state are a road map for many others. Still, it’s important to remember that you can get in trouble for breaking laws surrounding medical marijuana, so it’s best to understand the limits of the laws and stay within them.
About the Author:
Kimberly Diego is a criminal defense attorney in Denver practicing at The Law Office of Kimberly Diego. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her law degree from the University of Colorado. She was named one of SuperLawyers “Rising Stars of 2012 & 2019-2023” and a “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Colorado” for 2012-2023 by The National Trial Lawyers. Both honors are limited to a small percentage of practicing attorneys in each state. Additionally, Expertise names her to its lists of the 25 Best Denver DUI Lawyers and 21 Best Denver Criminal Defense Lawyers, both in 2020-2023. Ms. Diego has also been recognized for her work in domestic violence cases