RECREATIONAL FAQS

Q: So, where can I buy recreational weed? A: More than two dozen shops opened on January 1st, 2014 for recreational sales. Please visit www.weedmaps.com and search for recreational shops in your area. Q: How does it work? A: Basically, you walk into a store selling recreational marijuana, show your proper identification (please see below for acceptable forms of ID) and make your purchase. It’s a lot like a liquor store. Q: What are acceptable forms of identification for recreational purchases? A government state issued ID, Valid military card (VA cards are NOT accepted), Valid passport (International ID’s are NOT accepted), Indian Tribe recognized in the state of Colorado, In-State Colorado ID’s MUST be valid (Vertical ID’s for Recreational purchases will NOT be accepted) TEMPORARY PAPERWORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FROM ANY STATE- EVEN COLORADO! Taken from the MED Permanent Rules Related to the Colorado Retail Marijuana Code:   R 404 – Acceptable Forms of Identification for Retail Sales   A. Valid Identification to Verify Age Only. A Licensee shall refuse the sale of Retail Marijuana or Retail Marijuana Product to anyone, unless such person can produce a form of valid identification of 21 years of age. If the identification contains a picture and date of birth, the kind and type of identification deemed adequate shall be limited to the following, so long as such identification is valid and not expired:   1. An operator’s, chauffeur’s or similar type driver’s license, issued by any state within the United States, any U.S. Territory; 2. An identification card, issued by any state for the purpose of proof of age using requirements similar to those in sections 42-2-302 and 42-2- 303, C.R.S.; 3. A United States military identification card; 4. A passport; or 5. Enrollment card issued by the governing authority of a federally recognized Indian tribe located in the state of Colorado, if the enrollment card incorporates proof of age requirements similar to sections 42-2-302 and 42-2- 303, C.R.S. 6. See paragraph C of this rule for valid identification to verify Colorado residency. ….. C. Valid Identification to Verify Colorado Residency. A Licensee shall refuse the sale of more than one quarter of an ounce of Retail Marijuana or its equivalent in Retail Marijuana Product to anyone, unless such person can produce a form of valid identification of Colorado residency. As long as it contains a picture and date of birth, the kind and type of identification deemed adequate to establish Colorado residency for purchase shall be limited to the following:   1. Valid state of Colorado driver’s license; 2. Valid state of Colorado identification card; or 3. Any other valid government-issued picture identification that demonstrates that the holder of the identification is a Colorado resident. 4. No combination of identification or documents may be used to establish residency. Q: Are there limits to how much I can buy? A: In a single transaction, Colorado residents can purchase up to 1 ounce, while out-of-state visitors will be able to purchase 1/4 ounce. All adults 21 and older will be able to possess up to 1 ounce on their person. Researchers have concluded the average joint has slightly less than a half gram of marijuana. An ounce is slightly more than 28 grams, so 1 ounce will equal approximately 60 joints Q: Can I make multiple purchases on the same day? A: Yes, but not at the same shop. The only cap on how much you can buy is the legal possession limit: No one who is not a medical-marijuana patient can possess more than an ounce of marijuana at a time. But that’s up to the customer to abide by. There’s nothing in the state’s rules for recreational marijuana stores that requires them to track customer purchases. Q: So I can go store-to-store-to-store buying up marijuana? A: Yep. If you’re doing that with the hope of accumulating a lot of pot that you can sell in the black market, it’s known as “smurfing.”It’s illegal!!And it’s something that law enforcement officials are super worried about. Q: Is there any kind of list of marijuana customers that will be given to the government? A: No. Amendment 64, which is a constitutional measure, specifically forbids it. The measure states: “The department shall not require a consumer to provide a retail marijuana store with personal information other than government-issued identification to determine the consumer’s age, and a retail marijuana store shall not be required to acquire and record personal information about consumers other than information typically acquired in a financial transaction conducted at a retail liquor store.” Q: Is there anything that will show I bought weed at one of the stores? A: You’ll be on camera. The state’s rules for marijuana stores require the shops to have a security camera pointed at the cash register so that it can record “the customer(s) and employee(s) facial features with sufficient clarity to determine identity.” Stores must also have security cameras recording the entrances and exits. Q: Can I smoke up at the store? A: No. On-site consumption is prohibited at marijuana shops. You have to take your leaves (or buds) and leave. Q: Can I just puff at a park somewhere? A: Absolutely not. Public consumption is banned, banned, banned and probably prompts more anxiety from public officials than just about any other topic. Denver police have stepped up enforcement in the second half of 2013, though Denver did not have officers on Jan. 1 specifically tasked with stopping public toking. Boulder has upped its citations, too. This includes but is not limited to areas accessible to the public such as transportation facilities, schools, amusement/sporting/music venues, parks, playgrounds, sidewalks and roads and outdoor and rooftop cafes. It is also illegal to smoke at indoor-but-public locations like bars, restaurants and common areas in buildings. Q: Ski slope? A: Ski nope. Colorado’s winter resorts are not at all stoked at the possibility of stoned skiers. And, what’s more, most of the actual ski slopes are on federal land, where marijuana use and possession remains strictly verboten. Q: So that means taking marijuana on a summer camping trip is probably out, too? A: Yes. National parks, national forests, national monuments: All off-limits. Possession is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. Q: What about apartments? A: Landlords can say no. But what all of this is getting at is that the only place it’s clearly OK to consume is in a private residence where the owner is cool with it. Q: How about on my back patio, front porch or balcony? A: Different cities will regulate this differently. Denver, for a time, even considered banning marijuana use that could be smelled by a neighbor, as well as bans on backyard, front-porch and apartment-balcony marijuana use. The city backed off on all of those, but that doesn’t mean they’re OK everywhere. Q: Can I take marijuana with me on a plane? A: No. Taking marijuana out-of-state is totally illegal, even if you’re traveling to another legal-marijuana state. The Transportation Security Administration may not turn your bags inside out looking for marijuana, but they don’t approve of it either. And marijuana possession is banned at Denver International Airport — even if you’re just there to pick up a friend. Q: Can I send marijuana in the mail? A: Mail = fail. The U.S. Postal Service not only doesn’t allow pot in the post, it has stepped up its efforts to find marijuana mail. People who send marijuana through the mail can face federal charges or asset-forfeiture cases.     Q: Is it OK to drive with marijuana in my car? A: Yes, as long as you are transporting it and not consuming it. Driving stoned is absolutely against the law. In fact, Colorado this year made it easier to win convictions against stoned drivers. The state set a standard of how much THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, that drivers can have in their system. If a driver tests above that, prosecutors can tell the jury it’s OK to assume that driver was stoned. 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. Q: Will my employer be OK with me using marijuana? A: That’s really between you and your boss. Employers can pretty clearly fire people who show up to work baked. But Colorado case law around medical marijuana suggests they can also fire an employee for off-the-clock marijuana use, even if there’s no allegation that the employee was impaired on the job. Some businesses say they won’t mind if their workers get high on their own time, but as one lawyer put it, “Employers hold all the cards.” Q: What about contact high? Could I be fired for being around someone using marijuana? A: Likely not, for the simple reason that contact highs are really difficult to come by. According to a psychopharmacologist — real word, look it up — at the University of Colorado, it would take “an absurd amount” of secondhand pot smoke to trigger a positive test. One study showed there needs to be 14 joints burning in a 10-by-10 room to get a positive test for contact high, which is beyond all but the hottest of hotboxes. Q: And how much will it cost? A: In the medical-marijuana market, ounces run from $150 to close to $300. But the more common purchase amount is an eighth of an ounce, which costs around $25 to $45 for medical marijuana. Stores will set their own prices for retail product, but customers will have to pay high state and local taxes for the pot. Q: What about the taxes? A: Get ready for the sticker shock when tax is added on. While medical marijuana purchases only get standard sales tax in most places, recreational marijuana purchases get standard sales tax, plus hefty special state sales and excise taxes, plus extra local sales and excise taxes in many cities. For a $30 eighth, state taxes will run about $6. Extra taxes in Denver will add on another $2.59. All together, that’s nearly 29 percent. Subject to voter approval at the statewide election in November 2013, the bill imposes a sales tax and an excise tax on the sale of retail marijuana, which was legalized by section 16 of article XVIII of the state constitution. https://votesmart.org/elections/ballot-measure/1833/colorado-marijuana-excise-tax-and-sales-tax#.UyI-n4W40m8 Q: Where’s all that money going? A: The first $40 million generated by the state excise tax will go toward school construction. The rest of the money is slated to be used to regulate the marijuana stores and put together educational campaigns around marijuana. But many expect the revenue to exceed even those needs, and a number of cities have already begun dreaming about what their share of the tax money could do. Q: Could recreational marijuana cause prices to drop? A: Researchers have suggested that large-scale marijuana legalization would cause prices of pot to plummet. But, with all the rules stores must comply with in Colorado plus the uncertain demand for store-bought marijuana, it’s not clear what will happen to prices long-term in the state’s new marijuana market. Q: Will recreational marijuana stores take credit cards? A: It’s best to check with the shops. But, in general, legal marijuana shares this in common with black-market marijuana: It’s a cash business. Federal banking regulations mean that marijuana stores commonly don’t have access to banking services. There is a possible solution on the horizon, but, for now, expect to pay for green buds with green bills. Q: What are the packaging rules? A: All pot leaving a recreational marijuana shop must be in an opaque, child-resistant package. All marijuana products also must have labels on them, detailing the potency, the types of chemicals used in cultivation and other information. And every label has to have the state’s official, incredibly dull-looking marijuana decal on it. In addition, some shops will make it mandatory that you purchase and/or recycle proper opaque, child-resistant  container for necessary purchases. The prices of these bags will vary from store to store. AMCH charges $3.00ea. Please remember to recycle. Q: Why can’t I just grow my own marijuana at home? A: You can. Colorado law allows people 21 and older to grow up to six plants, provided it’s done in an “enclosed, locked space.” Some cities have limited the number of plants that can be grown in a single house — Denver’s cap is 12 — and some cities have imposed other zoning or code restrictions on home-growing. Even without those hurdles, experts say that, just because it’s called weed, don’t expect marijuana to grow as easily as one at home. That difficulty is the main reason why the recreational marijuana stores are expected to be so popular. FOR MORE QUESTIONS PLEASE VISIT: http://sensiblecolorado.org/amendment-64-faq/