MAINE: The State Of Gifting
Perhaps no other state has gained more notoriety as a legal cannabis state than the “Centennial State” so called because Colorado became a state in the year 1876, 100 years after the signing of our nation’s Declaration of Independence.
Colorado has become a Mecca for recreational cannabis users. Unlike most states that have legalized the possession and use of cannabis, Colorado eased regulation of recreational cannabis long before establishing a legal medical cannabis program. As early as 1976 Colorado passed laws easing, but not completely eliminating, penalties for using cannabis.
In November 2012, Colorado Amendment 64 amended the State constitution to allow an adult 21yrs and older to grow up to six cannabis plants in their home of which three may be flowering. As of 2016, any adult in Colorado’s territory may possess up to one ounce of cannabis at any time, regardless of whether they are an in-state resident or an out-of-state visitor.
Medical and recreational cannabis are regulated by separate rules in Colorado.
In 2000, Coloradans approved Amendment 20, which made it the only state to legalize medical cannabis in its constitution.
The Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry is a confidential, statewide program that allows patients with qualifying, debilitating medical conditions to receive a registry identification card for legal access to medical cannabis. Cards are available to Colorado residents and valid only in Colorado. The registry is managed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
To be eligible for a medical cannabis card (Commonly referred to as a Red Card) you must:
- Be a Colorado resident
- Be 18 or older
- Have a qualifying medical condition
Minors are eligible for a medical cannabis card if:
- Minor and the primary parent are Colorado residents
- Minor has a qualifying medical condition
Qualifying debilitating medical conditions include:
- HIV or AIDS
- Persistent muscle spasms
- Severe nausea
- Severe pain
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Patients applying for a Colorado medical cannabis card must obtain a Physician’s Certification Form attesting to their having a qualifying medical condition.
Laws governing the possession, sale and use of recreational cannabis vary from county-to-county and town-to-town. Of course there is also the discrepancy between State and Federal law that can be tricky to decipher. Colorado, like most western states, contains a large amount of federal land on which cannabis possession and use is prohibited. Federal employees may not possess or use medical or recreational cannabis even if they live in a state that has legalized cannabis. Students may lose federal educational loans if convicted of using cannabis. Since cannabis is still illegal federally, cannabis users may be rejected from purchasing a firearm. If you live in federally subsidized housing, any cannabis use or possession charges may mean that you lose your federal housing benefits.
Recreational cannabis is sold through state licensed and regulated dispensaries. Increased production has lowered prices to around $7.00 per gram or about $200 per ounce.
So caveat emptor is the rule where cannabis use is considered in Colorado or for that matter any other state.
A marketing and publishing professional and the Director of Publicity at GB Sciences, Liz Bianco monitors media activity and co-writes the “State of the States” on cannabis in America.
A consultant and co-author with Meredith Patterson of “Pillars of Brain Health” at BrainstormMindFitness.com, Pete Goodwin does research and co-writes the State of the States blog.
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