In 2014, the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal in certain circumstances. It is only legal when sold by authorized dealers, and the new laws have not lessened the serious nature of the criminal charges that may come with the improper sale or illegal possession of marijuana. Violating drug laws related to the regulation, possession and sale of marijuana can result in serious drug charges.
There are many assumptions about what it means to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. In Colorado, it is only legal for an adult over the age of 21 to buy from specific, specialized stores. A buyer will have to show his or her identification to prove age before purchasing. Those with state issued IDs can buy up to one ounce at a time. Those who have out-of-state IDs can only purchase one-half ounce at a time.
It is not legal to smoke marijuana in public places, even if it is purchased legally. A buyer can drive with it in his or her care, but it is against the law to smoke marijuana while operating a vehicle. The growth, preparation, handling and sale of recreational marijuana is highly regulated, and the state takes violations of drug laws seriously.
If a Colorado resident is facing marijuana-related drug charges, he or she would be wise to take the situation seriously. A conviction can result in a permanent mark on a criminal record, affecting future opportunities and more. It is helpful to work with a defense attorney who understands the law and knows how to present a strong and effective defense strategy.