Can I grow marijuana for my personal use in Colorado?

Can I grow my own marijuana for personal use in Colorado? Are there any restrictions on that?

Question:  I have a green thumb, if I do say so myself. And, I am an occasional recreational pot smoker. My bungalow in Denver has a nice little enclosed porch that gets a lot of sun. Can I grow some marijuana in my planters?  

Answer:  With certain important caveats, the answer is yes.

Adults Only

You must be 21 years of age or older to legally possess or grow marijuana for recreational use in Colorado. (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-18-406.) Assuming you are of age, you can drop those seeds in the planters provided you also abide by the rules below.

Plant Limit

You may grow no more than six plants and no more than three of those can be mature plants. (Colo. Const. amend. 64.) A mature plant is defined as a flowering plant. Colorado law also requires that the plants be grown in an enclosed, locked space that is not “open” or “public.”

Drug Limit

You can legally possess no more than one ounce of marijuana. So, if you happen to have a bumper crop, be sure to have no more than one ounce of the drug in your possession at any given time. However, unless you are a licensed retail marijuana establishment, you cannot legally sell the surplus!

Cannot Sell, but Gifting is Legal

Recreational marijuana may be legally sold only by licensed establishments. (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-18-406.) Sale by anyone else is a crime and is either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the amount sold. The licensing procedure involves an application, testing, inspections, fees, and many other steps.

The good news is that you can give up to an ounce of your homegrown to a friend who is 21 or older. Many people would prefer an ounce of bud to all those excess zucchinis you try to foist off on them in the summer. Might make a fun stocking stuffer at the holidays (“Santa, what’s that in you corncob pipe?”).

Have Fun; Stay Legal

Although you can grow marijuana for recreational use in Colorado, there are several restrictions, as you see. Get familiar with them and follow the rules.

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