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Colorado Marijuana Laws – How and How Much You Are Allowed to Possess, Buy and Use

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According to Colorado marijuana laws in force today, the usage and the possession of marijuana are legal, but only under certain very specific circumstances – here are details about purchasing, possessing and using marijuana in the Centennial State.

Purchasing Marijuana Legally

Only individuals aged 21 or older are allowed to get into any kind of contact with marijuana, purchasing included and even adults are required to produce a government-approved ID to prove their age if they want to purchase marijuana legally. It is important to note here that not only state residents can purchase marijuana legally – all the buyer needs to prove is legal age.

People aged between 18 and 21 can purchase marijuana only if they possess a medical card, also called a red card, issued only to Colorado residents suffering from medical conditions that could be ameliorated with the help of medical marijuana.

The quantity that can be purchased in one transaction is limited to one ounce (28 grams) for anyone aged 21 or older, Colorado residents and tourists alike.

Who Sells Marijuana in Colorado

Marijuana, whether for medical or for recreational purposes, is sold exclusively in specialized shops called dispensaries. Some shops sell only medical marijuana – varieties developed for ameliorating medical conditions, but having a low THC content, the ingredient that can be found in higher concentrations in recreational marijuana – while others sell only recreational weed or both types.

The shops can be different not only in terms of the selection sold, but also in terms of opening hours. The law allows marijuana vendors to stay open between 8 am and midnight, but the cities have their own laws regulating opening hours within that interval, so shops may be required to open later than 8 am and to close before midnight.

Consumption Regulations

In Colorado, marijuana cannot be consumed in open and public places, such as transportation facilities, including bus stops, trains and train stations, education institutions, venues for amusement and entertainment, playgrounds, parks, cafes on rooftops, restaurants, office buildings, theaters and cinemas, malls, streets, parks.  In Denver, the consumption of marijuana is explicitly prohibited not only on the 16th Street Mall, but also on blocks in the one-block area surrounding the mall area.

The consumption of marijuana is allowed in the private space of the consumer, such as homes owned or leased, provided that their lease agreement does not explicitly forbid marijuana consumption. People who purchase Pueblo cannabis or marijuana in the state can have it be legally kept in the consumer’s car, provided that it is kept in a sealed container, but only on the territory of Colorado – you cannot take your weed to the surrounding states. It is not allowed to take marijuana out of the state on airplanes either.

The above laws are applicable not only for smoking marijuana, but also for consuming it in edible form, in cookies, biscuits or other food.

Driving Under Influence

Colorado marijuana laws consider vehicle manipulation after smoking weed to be driving under influence – the legal limit is 4 nanograms THC per milliliter of blood, THC level higher that bring about arrest for DUI.

Long Term Effects of Marijuana

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Cannabis Sativa, the plant that provides us with marijuana, is seen as a natural wonder. It has more than 60 psychoactive drugs which directly affect the brain. The effects of these drugs kick-in as soon as it enters the body. Its effects last from 2 to 6 hours of smoking it up. During this one experiences a high, ecstatic feeling. It also causes the feelings of depersonalization and derealization. The mind fixates on one thought until it is disrupted by another, leading the person to lose focus of the reality. All these are the effects of smoking weed once. Since, marijuana is highly addictive, it is more likely that the person will do it again and that this will soon turn into a habit. So, it is important to know what are the long term effects of smoking marijuana.

  • Decline in IQ: It was seen in a research that smoking marijuana regularly leads to a decline in IQ. A 2016 review found that chronic use of cannabis during adolescence, a time when the brain is still developing, was correlated in the long term with lower IQ and chronic cognitive deficits, but it was not clear if chronic use caused the problems or if “persons who have poorer cognitive functioning may be more vulnerable to cannabis use and abuse.”

  • Addiction Which Causes Potential Development of Opiate Abuse: It is a renowned fact that both, the body and the mind, get accustomed to the drug they are exposed to. Therefore, they develop a sort of resistance to it. The more the person tends to smoke-up, the lesser high he/she experiences. This might lead to frustration and the person might resort to other drugs, like Cocaine and Ecstasy, which have higher risk factors and are more dangerous.Marijuana

  • Marijuana Changes the Brain Structure and Function: There’s been an ongoing debate about whether marijuana actually changes the brain, but recent evidence has suggested that it is linked to changes in the hippocampus, amygdala, and prefrontal cortex. It’s unclear, however, how long these effects last, whether they’re linked to behavioral changes, and whether they reverse after a person stops using the drug.

  • Regular Use is Linked to an Increased Risk of Psychotic Symptoms: That marijuana is linked to increased psychotic symptoms (e.g., delusions, hallucinations, disordered thinking) is fairly clear. But again, it’s been a chicken-and-egg problem, since it’s hard to show whether causation is at play, and which way the connection goes. However, it’s likely that the relationship actually goes both ways: Marijuana may lead to psychotic symptoms, and early psychotic symptoms may increase the likelihood that a person will smoke marijuana (particularly if there’s a family history of psychotic disorders).

Marijuana may indeed be harmful. There is a link between long-term marijuana use and increased rates of schizophrenia, depression and anxiety. Marijuana also increases a person’s heart rate for up to three hours after use, putting users at risk for heart attack during that period. Therefore, it is suggestible that the habit of smoking up regularly not be encouraged and be kept under check.

Medical Marijuana

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The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. Weed is generally used for recreational purpose by youth. However, it is a well-known fat that marijuana is used for ayurvedic purpose as well, especially in India. The plant, Cannabis Sativa, has many healing qualities and has more positive qualities than negative. Some of the positive aspects of weed are:

  • Anxiety: The use of marijuana decreases anxiety. The psychoactive component of the plant helps the brain in relaxing, decreases nausea and relieves pain, basically acting as a sedative.

  • Appetite Enhancer: Smoking up leaves a person asking for more of everything. It has been noticed that smoking weed actually enhances appetite. It is used as a herbal drug for people who suffer from nausea and have poor appetite.

  • Glaucoma: Medical marijuana treats Glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition which increases pressure in the eyeball, damaging the optic nerve and causing loss of vision. Marijuana decreases this pressure and slows the progression of the disease, preventing blindness.medical-marijuana-and-a-stethoscopeMedical Marijuana

  • Epileptic seizures: Cannabinoids like the active ingredients in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as THC), control seizures by binding to the brain cells responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation.

  • Surgical wounds: Topical marijuana helps in repairing of the epidermal tissue, basically increasing the pace at which the skin grows back.

  • Increases Brain Activity: Smoking up increases brain activity and helps change the perception of the person. It basically spurs the creativity of the individual.

  • Relieves Nightmares: Smoking up helps the individual sleep better and helps them get away from having nightmares or night-terrors.

  • Slows down various other Diseases: Researchers have been propagating this for a while now that Marijuana actually slows down the progression of Alzheimer’s, slows the cells of cancer from spreading, reduces muscle spasms and other such conditions, helps metabolism, lessens the side effects from the treatment of Hepatitis C and soothes the tremors suffered by people who have Parkinson’s disease

These are some of the assumed aid provided by marijuana to patients. The research is still going on to either prove or disapprove of these facts completely. However, the effects of marijuana have been seen to be more positive than negative. This always ignites the debate and highlights the conspiracy theory that, maybe the government doesn’t legalize marijuana for the sole reason that it would kill all the business of the pharmaceutical companies.