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Consuming Cannabis in Colorado

 Colorado Amendment 64 the Legalization of Marijuana

1. What is Amendment 64? The intent of Amendment 64 (Co Const. Art. XVIII Sec. 16) is to treat the use of marijuana like the use of alcohol by adults 21 years old or older. Amendment 64 decriminalizes possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, or 6 marijuana plants, only 3 of which may be flowering, and the resulting Marijuana from those plants. Amendment 64 permits retail sale of marijuana in the regulated market similar to alcohol sales. [1] Click to view Amendment 64 Ballot on Colorado.gov.

2. How old do you have to be to purchase, possess or consume retail marijuana? You must be 21 or older to buy, possess or use retail marijuana.

3. Adults 21 and older are allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of retail marijuana.

4. It is illegal to give or sell retail marijuana to minors.

5. It is illegal to take marijuana across state lines.

6. Can I consume marijuana in public?  No, it is illegal to consume marijuana in public.  This includes public and private transportation.

7. Marijuana is still illegal under federal law and remains classified under the Federal Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule 1 narcotic, whose cultivation, distribution, possession and use are still criminal acts under federal law.

8. You cannot possess marijuana on Federal Land including but not limited to national parks, national forests (e.g. Maroon Bells & Ski Mountains), federal office buildings, courthouses, etc.

9. Does Amendment 64 require employers to accommodate the lawful use or possession of marijuana? No, the law specifically states that employers do not have to accommodate marijuana use or possession at the workplace and also permits employers to enforce policies regarding marijuana use by employees. [2]

10. Where can I purchase retail marijuana? Those 21 and older can purchase retail marijuana at licensed retail stores.

11. Where am I allowed to consume retail marijuana?  Retail marijuana is intended for private, personal use. Marijuana may not be consumed openly or publicly. Please contact your Hotel or Rental Management Company with questions.

12. How much marijuana can I purchase at one time? As of June 2016, both tourists and residents can purchase 28 grams (1 ounce) in a single transaction.

13.  Can I consume marijuana in a licensed retail store?  No, it is illegal to consume marijuana in or around a licensed store.

14. What are the consequences if I violate marijuana laws?  Penalties range from a fine to a possible jail or prison sentence. Please be aware that rules and regulations around legalized marijuana vary from community to community in the state of Colorado.

15. Are the rules different for possession and consumption of edible marijuana than for marijuana that can be smoked? No. Possession laws are the same for all retail marijuana types, and public consumption is always illegal, regardless of form.

16. Can I have marijuana in my car? Yes, but it is illegal to use or consume marijuana in a motor vehicle and it is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. Marijuana may be carried in cars but it may not be in an open container.

17. Is there a DUI-like equivalent of driving under the influence of marijuana?  Yes. It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana and it can result in a DUI, just like alcohol.

18. Can I consume/smoke marijuana on my private property like on a balcony or in the backyard? Individuals 21 and older can consume marijuana on private property that is not open to the public (Ok places: private homes, your backyard, your property's decks, etc.)

19. Are there marijuana Smoke Clubs or Coffee Shops in Aspen? Currently, the City of Aspen has prohibited public and private smoke clubs.

20. Where can I buy marijuana in Aspen?  There are currently 7 shops that offer retail marijuana in Aspen: Native Roots Aspen, Roots RX, Silverpeak Apothecary, Stash, Green Dragon, Leaf, and Alternative Medical Solutions.

21.  It is illegal to possess marijuana at Denver International Airport. It is illegal to take marijuana across state lines.

22. What if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding? There is no known safe amount to consume. THC gets passed to the baby no matter how you consume it.

This information is for reference only. Local rules and regulations on legalized marijuana are subject to change.  If you have any questions about legal consumption of marijuana please contact the Aspen Police Department at 970-920-5400.

Visit the Valley Marijuana Council to learn about Aspen's community approach to facilitate the safe, responsible integration of recreational marijuana.

References:
http://www.colorado.gov/marijuanainfodenver/ 
The City of Aspen Ordinance 38:   AMENDING TITLE 5 OF THE ASPEN MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING A NEW CHAPTER CONCERNING THE LICENSING OF RETAIL AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA ESTABLISHMENTS AND AMENDING OTHER SECTIONS.
Colorado Department of Revenue Marijuana Enforcement Division 1 CCR 212-2, Permanent Rules Related to the Colorado Retail Marijuana Code September 9, 2013
http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/StatePatrol-Main/CBON/1251634946507 
http://www.denverpost.com/2013/12/29/dia-first-denver-facility-to-ban-marijuana-possession/ - DIA first Denver facility to ban marijuana possession - Denver Post 1/3/14

 


[1] Office of Legislative Legal Services, Colorado General Assembly. Amendment 64 Frequently Asked Questions, page 1.

[2] Office of Legislative Legal Services, Colorado General Assembly. Amendment 64 Frequently Asked Questions, page 3.

4th of July Parade Waiver

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort

Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other

liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July

parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.

      Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their

officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all

liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the

undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless

such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

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