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Cannabis Q & A

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FAQ –

How old must I be to legally have, buy, or use marijuana?  

21.

 Can I give marijuana to someone under 21?

No.

Is it legal to use marijuana in public?

No.

Can marijuana be consumed on private property? 

Yes, with permission of the owner or tenant as long as the user is age 21 or older.

Can marijuana be consumed on commercial or public property, including restaurant/bar patio seating?

No.

Can marijuana be consumed in Denver’s parks, open spaces, or on the 16th Street Mall?

No.

What are the consequences if I choose to consume marijuana in public places and I am 21 years of age or older? 

Civil citations = 1st offense $150, 2nd Offense $500, 3rd & Subsequent Offenses $999.

What are the consequences if I choose to consume marijuana in public places and I am 18-20 years of age? 

Currently this would be a criminal offense, involving jail time, but on December 23, 2013, the Denver City Council passed an ordinance decriminalizing marijuana use by 18-20 year olds.  It is still illegal for someone younger than 21 to consume or buy marijuana but it is no longer a criminal offense; instead this violation is a civil one subject to the same civil citations listed above.

Is it legal to drive while under the influence of marijuana?

No.

Can I take marijuana out of the state of Colorado?

No.

For a comprehensive overview of recreational marijuana legislation passed by the Denver City Council, view this summary, compiled by the Denver City Attorney’s Office. Or visit  http://www.colorado.gov/marijuanainfodenver/ for more information.

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