Medical FAQs

  Q: What happens to the medical-marijuana industry now? A: It’s still here. A number of places that allow medical-marijuana dispensaries — like Colorado Springs and Englewood — have banned recreational pot shops. Furthermore, the state still has a medical-marijuana registry of 112,000 people who are eligible to shop in medical dispensaries. That number may go down after recreational sales start, but it has actually increased since marijuana was legalized for everyone in the state. Q: Why would anyone stay as a medical-marijuana patient? A: If you’re buying marijuana regularly, there are some benefits. Medical-marijuana patients don’t pay the extra sales and excise taxes that are on recreational sales. And they can possess up to two ounces of marijuana — sometimes more, if their doctors recommend it — instead of the one ounce that regular adults get. What’s more, the state is looking at dropping its patient registry fee, to $15, which could tip the balance in favor of staying on the medical registry for more people. Plus, there will still be a market for people under 21 to buy medical marijuana. Q: Kids can legally use medical marijuana? A: Yes. There are some extra requirements for kids under 18 to become registered patients, but Colorado now has 128 registered medical-marijuana patients under 18. The state has seen an influx of families moving here to seek treatment for children with severe seizure disorders, after a family of brothers developed a non-psychoactive marijuana extract that parents say greatly reduces their children’s seizures. Q: Are all the medical-marijuana dispensaries changing to recreational stores in places that allow them to? A: No. There have actually been very few applications for a total conversion. Most stores are going recreational while keeping their medical sides, too. In Denver, if the stores agree only to sell to medical-marijuana patients over 21, it’s as simple as just keeping the books separate. Stores can also have an all-ages medical-marijuana side and a 21-and-over recreational marijuana side, so long as they build a wall between the two sides. Can I grow my own? Yes, you can grow up to six plants in your home, but the pot patch must be enclosed and locked. Can underage people get busted for pot? Yes, it’s illegal to possess and use marijuana if you’re under 21, but the city of Denver in December decriminalized pot for people between ages 18 and 21. The city will keep the fines — but remove the jail time — for being caught with an ounce or less. The potential jail time had been up to a year. Youths under age 18 could be sent to a juvenile assessment center instead of jail. The measure ensures kids “don’t have to live into adulthood with mistakes they might have made when they were 19,” Councilman Albus Brooks said in a Denver Post article. And what about the feds? It’s always been a murky relationship between the feds and those states with laws authorizing medical — and now recreational — marijuana. Federal law says the drug’s possession, manufacture, and sale is illegal, punishable by up to life in prison, and its mass cultivation is a sensitive subject among growers, experts say. But in August, the U.S. Justice Department said it won’t challenge Colorado or other states with laws legalizing recreational marijuana. Instead, federal officials will focus on serious trafficking and keeping the drug away from children. Q. What are the marijuana DUI Laws?
  1. Driving under the influence of marijuana will remain illegal. A vehicle operator also is not allowed to smoke while driving. It can result in a DUI, just like alcohol. Anyone with 5 nanograms or more of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (known as THC) per milliliter in whole blood (CRS 42-4-1301) while driving can be arrested for DUI. The consequences of DUI is dependent on the driver but they can include fines, jail time and a revoked license.
The blood test is designed to tell how high a person is at the moment, not whether they have been using pot in the past several days or weeks, like urine tests that some employers use. The blood test measures active THC in the blood stream while the urine tests measure a metabolite of THC, the form it takes after being broken down by the body. Colorado law allows drivers to refuse the blood test. However, that comes with harsher penalties than a DUI. FORE MORE QUESTIONS PLEASE CHECK OUT: