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Cannabis Status

Medical and Recreational

Overview of Medical Cannabis in Colorado

Amendment 20 for possession and use was passed as a ballot initiative in 2000. House Bill 10-1284 for the authority to license and regulate businesses was passed as a legislative bill in 2010. Patients need to have an online certification from a qualified doctor. Home Cultivation is allowed.

Possession Limit

2 oz marijuana and six Medical Marijuana plants, three of which can be mature at any one time. Higher limits may be allowed by a doctor if deemed medically necessary.

Overview of Recreational Cannabis in Colorado

Amendment 64 was passed as a ballot initiative in 2012.  Home cultivation is allowed.

Possession Limit

1 oz flower or 8 grams of concentrate.

Hemp Status


Overview of Hemp in Colorado

Amendment X passed by ballot initiative in 2018 removing the definition of “Industrial Hemp” from the Colorado constitution,

” …federal law is expected to change to permit more hemp cultivation and having the definition of industrial hemp in the state’s constitution prevents the legislature from adapting state laws in accordance with changes at the federal level.”

Colorado has passed five hemp bills into law over the past 13 years covering topics from wastewater use to tracking technology and water rights.

Hemp was then federally legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill, signed December 20, 2018.