Colorado has two medical marijuana laws. Colorado’s first and oldest law is a constitutional amendment that was passed by the voters allowing patients and their caregivers to possess, cultivate and use marijuana for medical purposes. The second law was enacted in 2010 which created a dual licensing dynamic that licenses and regulates the medical marijuana business at both a state and local level.
COLORADO’S AMENDMENT 20
During the election in 2000, voters passed Amendment 20 the State’s constitution. This effectively allowed limited amount of medical marijuana to be possessed by patient’s and their primary caregivers. This Amendment permitted patients who had a Medical Marijuana Registry Card or their primary caregivers to possess no more than 2 ounces of a usable form of marijuana and not more than 6 marijuana plants with 3 or less being mature, flowering plants.
COLORADO’S AMENDMENT 64
Amendment 64 was a ballot initiative to amend the state constitution, outlining a new statewide drug policy for cannabis. The ballot initiative passed on November 6, 2012. this law addresses the regulations and use of marijuana for adults 21 and over. It also outlines rules for cultivation, manufacturing and sales; effectively striving to regulate it much like alcohol. The first stores officially opened on January 1, 2014.