Fort Collins Marijuana Defense in Colorado

Our criminal defense lawyer provide skilled Marijuana defense to individuals charged with simple possession or possession with intent to distribute.

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Cannabis, or “marijuana,” is a legal substance within the state of Colorado, but only within a narrow window. Since the passage of Colorado Amendment 64, on November 6th of 2012, Colorado residents of at least 21 years of age may now legally possess no more than a single ounce of cannabis for recreational use or up to two ounces for medical use, roughly equal to 23 or 57 grams respectively. However, tourists visiting the Centennial State may only possess one quarter of an ounce, roughly equal to 7 grams. Further, any cannabis so consumed must be relegated to a private residence; use of cannabis out in public, whether for a recreational or medical purpose, is still illegal. If you possess more than the statutory limits of marijuana, you might be changed with possession with intent to distribute, or other Federal crimes. Also, if you are not a U.S. citizen and you are convicted of a drug-related crime, you may be able to obtain a waiver of inadmissibility only if you can prove that you had 1 ounce or less of marijuana.

Individuals may be fined for their recreational usage in much the same way was anyone consuming alcohol; driving while under the influence of cannabis carries the same fine as driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence of alcohol. Also much like with liquor, businesses cannot legally sell cannabis without a proper permit and properly labeled products which indicate. However, private sales of cannabis will be allowed starting with the first day of 2014; privately giving an adult no more than an ounce of marijuana is legal if there is nothing given by the second adult in exchange. Private cultivation of cannabis, for personal use, is limited to no more than six plants per individual; no more than three of which can be flowering and fully-developed. Regardless of quantity, personally grown marijuana plants must be housed within an enclosed and secure location.

It should be noted that medical prescriptions can exempt an individual from the posted legal limit of two ounces and six plants. Cannabis can be prescribed to individuals suffering from cancer, chronic pain, disorders noted for causing seizures or other uncontrolled muscular or nerve-centered conditions, glaucoma, nausea, and HIV/AIDS. Patients cannot receive their medical cannabis from a pharmacy, due to the federal government’s designation of cannabis as a schedule I drug. Rather, patients can receive their medical cannabis from a recognized caretaker or from an organization, known as a dispensary.