Jon Stewart and Matt Taibbi discuss the different treatment afforded to ‘street’ based drug users and white-collar criminals profiting from the drug trade.
Your Constitutional Rights During a Police Encounter
If you don’t remember any of this just remember these two phrases:
- I don’t consent to any searches.
- Am I being detained or am I free to go?
And the Supreme Court’s iffy ruling in Salinas v. Texas means that if you want to invoke your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent you have to actually say it out loud to an officer.
The great marijuana experiment - a tale of two drug wars. As Washington and Colorado create rules and regulations for selling legal marijuana, in many other cities across the country pot arrests are near record highs.
Amendment 64, which was enacted officially on December 10th, 2012, legalized the possession, use, sale, production, and manufacturing of cannabis and cannabis infused products under certain guidelines for anyone over 21. On January 1st, 2014, retail cannabis stores were officially allowed to open to the public.
How much can I carry around and where do I smoke?
Anyone, citizen of Colorado or not, may possess up to an ounce of cannabis. In order to toke up legally, you must be within a private residence that the owner has allowed the use of cannabis. Any public use of cannabis is prohibited. There are various other caveats on use, such no smoking inside any place licensed to deal with children(SB-283 Section 19), or restrictions already in place banning smoking in indoor businesses (Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act 2006).
How much can I buy? Can I take it out of CO?
Citizens of Colorado may purchase an ounce of cannabis at a time, while out-of-state stoners will have to settle for a quarter ounce (1/4 oz) at a time. However, you can make multiple purchases a day, as long as you don’t exceed the possession limit. The purchases are not tracked by the retail cannabis stores, explicitly outlined in Amendment 64:
"The department shall not require a consumer to provide a retail marijuana store with personal information other than government-issued identification to determine the consumer’s age, and a retail marijuana store shall not be required to acquire and record personal information about consumers other than information typically acquired in a financial transaction conducted at a retail liquor store."
All cannabis must also stay within Colorado. No cannabis may cross state lines. Border patrol has allegedly incrased their scrutiny for cannabis, as well as the TSA (when they recently revealed they’d loosened up to medical marijuana patients).
Can I drive high? Can I keep my kush in the car?
You may not drive high. If you are suspected of driving intoxicated, you may be subject to a sobriety and blood test under the officer’s discretion. If the blood test reveals THC at concentrations of 5 nanograms per liter or above, you’ll be arrested for DUID. Cannabis must be kept in a sealed container, preferably in your trunk. There is a $50 fine for an open cannabis container in a car, it’s treated like an open container of alcohol.
How much is the tax?
All recreational cannabis purchases will be taxed accordingly. There’s a state tax(2.9%), special state sales and excise taxes(25%), as well as extra local and excise taxes. Denver, for example, has a 3.5% tax rate. This would bring the tax to 31.4%.
Where can I buy cannabis?
You can purchase cannabis only from MMC(Medical Marijuana Center) licensed retail outlets. It is illegal to sell cannabis without a license. There are various recreational cannabis stores that are located adjacent to, or in the same location as a medical marijuana dispensary. However, medical marijuana may not be purchased without a Red Card(Colorado’s MMJ card - learn to get yours here!)
Healing House Rec
2383 S. Downing, Denver, CO 80210
Denver Kush Club
2615 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205
The Health Center Uptown
1736 Downing St, Denver, CO 80218
3460 Park Ave, West Unit D, Denver, CO 80216
The Shelter: A Strainwise
4095 Jackson St., Denver, CO 80216
The Clinic Colorado
3888 E Mexico Ave, Denver, CO 80210
Lodo Wellness Center
1617 Wazee St. Unit B, Denver, Co 80202
The Green Solution (East)
4400 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80216
The Grove: A Strainwise
74 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219
1640 East Evans Ave., Denver, CO 80210
1568 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
Denver Kush Club
2615 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205
3835 Elm St Suite B, Denver, CO 80207
Bud Med Health Centers
2517 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO 80214
Northern Lights Natural RX
2045 Sheridan Blvd., Edgewater, CO 80214
4125 Elati St, Denver, CO 80216
300 W. Colorado Ave., Telluride, CO 81435
The Annie’s: A Strainwise
135 Nevada St., Central City, CO 80427
Breckenridge Cannabis Club
226 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO 80424
1805 Airport Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Alternative Medical Supplies
9 Karlann Dr, Black Hawk, CO 80422
Bioenergetic Healing Center
842 N. Summit Blvd, Frisco, CO 80443
11450 Cherokee St, Northglenn, CO 80234
Bud Med Health Center
2517 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO 80214
Cloud 9 Caregivers
2506 6th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631
Green Grass LLC
440 Lawrence St., Central City, CO 80427
High Country Healing
191 Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne, CO 80498
High Country Healing II
40 S Main St, Alma, CO 80420
177 Tiffany Dr, Pueblo, CO 81007
Milagro Wellness Healing
1181 County Road 308, Dumont, Colorado 80436
2517 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, Denver, CO 80214
13 E Park Ave, E Park Ave, Empire, CO 80438
The Kine Mine
2812 Colorado Blvd, Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Ever-green Herbal Remedies
15 Colorado Blvd, Idaho Springs, CO 80452
1795 Airport Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Nature’s Herbs & Wellness Center
522 27th St, Greeley, CO 8063
Opening in March
Which cities have allowed recreational cannabis facilities?
- Black Hawk
- Crested Butte
- Garden City
- Glenwood Springs
- Idaho Springs
- Manitou Springs
- Oak Creek
- Red Cliff
- Steamboat Springs
- Wheat Ridge
Which cities have a moratorium(temporary ban until late 2014) on recreational cannabis facilities?
- Federal Heights
- Log Lane Village
Which cities have banned recreational cannabis facilities?
- Buena Vista
- Castle Rock
- Cherry Hills Village
- Colorado Springs
- Del Norte
- Estes Park
- Fort Morgan
- Green Mountain Falls
- Greenwood Village
- La Junta
- Lone Tree
- Palmer Lake
- Poncha Springs
- Silver Cliff
- Woodland Park
- Amendment 64 (PDF)
- SB-283 (PDF)
- Colorado Clean Air Act
- Colorado’s Offical Guide on Recreational Marijuana
Stay regular super stoners~