Medical Marijuana Law Colorado


Colorado Laws


13 years ago voters in the Centennial State approved a measure which allowed the compassionate use of medical marijuana, by qualified patients. Since the induction of that law, Colorado has become a leader in the fight for cannabis rights. Colorado and California are considered the two most relaxed states, when it comes to marijuana laws, medicinal and otherwise. Medical marijuana patients in Colorado are permitted to use, possess and cultivate their medicine, so long as they have a prescription to do so from a doctor. Colorado allows the use of medical marijuana to treat the following list of conditions:

  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nervous System Disorders
  • Nausea
  • Note: Doctors may recommend the use of cannabis to treat disorders and ailments that are not on the above list. Doctors can recommend this treatment on an as-needed basis.


    Patients and caregivers and Colorado are allowed to cultivate up to 6 plants and possess no more than 2 ounces of marijuana. One of the loopholes to the restriction of 2 ounces is that patients can argue in court "affirmative defense of medical necessity." Essentially this breaks down to mean that a patient can argue for their case that their medical condition(s) necessitates that they have more than the allotted 2 ounces. This is an especially handy argument in patients undergoing intense chemotherapy treatment who are subjected to severe nausea. Medical marijuana dispensaries are not permitted to be located within 1,000 feet of a school. Furthermore, Colorado state law mandates that these dispensaries directly oversee at least 70% of the cannabis they distribute.

    Questions, comments or concerns regarding Colorado's medical marijuana laws can be directed toward the following agency:

  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • HSVR-ADM2-A1
  • 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
  • Denver, CO 80246--1530
  • (303)-692-2184

    Colorado is one of just two states that actually allows the recreational use of cannabis by individuals who are 18 years of age and older. There are limits on the amount one can possess, however and there are penalties for going over that amount. Possession of one ounce or less results in absolutely no consequences whatsoever. In fact, adults in Colorado can purchase up to an ounce of marijuana from a variety of retailers throughout the state. Openly displaying or using less than 2 ounces of cannabis can result in a petty offense with a maximum $100 fine and up to 15 days in jail. Possessing anywhere from 2 to 6 ounces of bud is a misdemeanor charge, punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. 6 to 12 ounces is also a misdemeanor that has a $10,000 fine and the possibility of 18 months incarceration. Any amount of marijuana greater than 12 ounces is a felony offense that can land a person in jail for up to a year-and-a-half with a steep fine of $100,000.

    All charges of sale or distribution result in a felony, however the fines and amount of time spent incarcerated vary. Sale or delivery of 5 pounds or less is a sentence of 1 to 3 years with a $100,000 fine. 5 pounds to 100 pounds can result in 2 to 6 years, with a $500,000 fine. Selling or delivering greater than 100 pounds is a sentence of 4 to 12 years with a $75,000 fine. All individuals who are of legal age to use marijuana in Colorado are also allowed to cultivate up to 6 plants. Growing over 6 plants can result in a felony offense that holds 2 to 6 years behind bars and a $500,000 fine.

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    Guest | Jul 23, 2013
    FYI: Colorado recreational use is limited to those 21 and older, and, whole you can grow up to 6 plants, only 3 may be flowering.
    Guest | Jul 14, 2013
    if u are not a residence of colo can u buy pot in the state i am 56 yrs old lov to vacation there
    Guest | Feb 15, 2013
    Never get on probation, they make you stop using your medicine. As if I have a choice to be in pain or not. Cruel and unusual punishment if you ask me. Had my MMJ Red Card four years prior to this stupid charge when my 4 yr and 3 yr old grandkids went for a walk to the playground, cops charged me, I drifted off to sleep. No one was hurt, they ruined my life. Was evicted from my apartment, lost my job, and now I have to be catatonic on the pharmaceuticals they force me to take which have more addictive properties than the MMJ.
    Guest | Nov 19, 2012
    now its completely legal :D
    Guest | Oct 24, 2012
    Do you have to be a CO resident.
    Elevated Mind | Sep 11, 2012
    If only I was on the West side of Kansas instead of KC. Then my road trip would be a bit shorter than it's gonna be lol
    GJCaregivers | Apr 12, 2012
    Due to All dispensaries closing down in Grand Junction, local caregivers are your most reliable sources for medical grade (quality) cannabis. We are currently accepting new patients. A current Colorado state Red card and ID are required for all purchases. Delivery available for homebound patients. Contact us at GJCaregivers @
    chronic sufferer | Jun 10, 2011
    Love Colorado, unfortunately they didn't pass the laws until we moved out of the state. But now that the laws have changed maybe we'll move back again. The state is awesome and the fact that I can get my meds there is a huge bonus.
    Kannibal | May 2, 2011
    Hooya! for Colorado! I love this state even more now than yesterday and I have always loved Colorado.Great people!
    Guest | Apr 24, 2011
    I am a vet with severe PTSD, among a lot of other things. i smoke cannibus whenever i can because it helps more then the meds i was put on by the VA. Only problem is i live in Florida, I cant use it without fearing severe reprecutions. Which sucks for me and my family because I can't funtion proper with out it, meaning i can't sleep because of my insomnia, i can't move around as much because of the chrinic pain in my knees and back, I have tremors in my right hand that are so bad sometimes i can't grip anyting.I'm extremely depressed and suicidal, The list goes on... but when i smoke it all goes away, and i can be the person i want to be. I wish it was legal here i know many people would benefit.
    MrDoc | Mar 31, 2011
    I am glad that CO has medical marijuana, I have an aunt who lives out in there who lives with pain from a accident from when she was a child. She has seizures now and takes medication for it but also has her medical marijuana card and smokes it to help relax her and it helps reduce how often she gets episodes.
    Ha-Y-N Boi In CO | Mar 15, 2011
    mmj has helped CO in so many ways, for starters, the has brought sooo much money to CO as well as jobs. as for the 2nd reason, alot of people are helped here...i live between colorado springs and denver and there are military bases close by and lots of vets get their mmj card cause of the pain and suffering they went glad CO decided to legalize it.