By now you probably already know recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado. However, there are many misunderstandings floating around about this topic. Whether you have lived in the state all your life or you just moved here, it is crucial for you to understand the restrictions on using and selling cannabis.
Amendment 64 has allowed Coloradans greater recreation freedom when it comes to marijuana, even though it's still a controlled substance at the federal level. As is well known at this point, this has led to a number of challenges in the state. Colorado's position puts its new approach up against a black market that drives marijuana sales in other states. Many out of state residents have moved here and been arrested for large scale farms that take advantage of the situation.
While some may still sneer at the fact that Colorado legalized medical and recreational marijuana, there is no doubt now that it has had a huge impact on our state, particularly our revenue. As a 2015 Forbes article explains, by about this time last year, our state had accumulated $55 million in recreational marijuana sales alone. For medical marijuana, total sales reached a staggering $96 million.
As we pointed out at the end of last month in another one of our blog post, Colorado was one of the first states to legalize marijuana, therefore allowing the sale of it for recreational use. Across the nation, many wondered how legalizing the drug would affect the state and its residents. Would it cause arrest rates to soar or would it cause the complete opposite to happen?
As one of the first states to decriminalize private marijuana use, Colorado has blazed the way for legalized marijuana, no pun intended. Even though it has been over a year since Colorado voters first approved Amendment 64, the state and local communities are still trying to figure out exactly what the amendment means. And while they wait, there is the possibility that individuals who believe they are complying with the rules may be arrested and charged with drug crimes. Until there is utter clarity on what is and what is not illegal under the amendment, there may be individuals charged with marijuana crimes.