COLORADO

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:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Cachexia
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • Seizures
  • 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.


 

DISCLAIMER REGARDING SITE CONTENT AND RELATED MATERIALS

Please read these terms and con­di­tions fully and care­fully. If you do not agree to be bound to each and every term and con­di­tion set forth herein, please exit the Site and do not access, read or oth­er­wise use infor­ma­tion pro­vided herein.

The blog pro­vides only gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about med­i­cine, health and related sub­jects. Any views or opinions represented in this blog are personal and belong solely to the specific author and do not represent those of people, academic, hospital, practice or other institutions or organizations that the author may or may not be associated with in professional or personal capacity, and do not represent the views or opinions of GB Sciences, Inc., unless explicitly stated.

The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. Noth­ing con­tained in the Site is intended to estab­lish a physician-patient rela­tion­ship, to replace the ser­vices of a trained physi­cian or health care pro­fes­sional, or oth­er­wise to be a sub­sti­tute for pro­fes­sional med­ical advice, diag­no­sis, or treatment. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately-licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. The information is provided by the specific author and the author makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the information, products, services, or related graphics contained in the blog for any purpose. Any reliance placed on such information is therefore strictly at the reader’s own risk.

This blog may contain statements that could be construed to relate to future results or events. Words such as “expects”, “intends”, “plans”, “may”, “could”, “should”, “anticipates”, “likely”, “believes” and words of similar import may identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not historical facts, but instead represent only the specific author’s belief regarding future events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of the specific author’s control. The specific author’s beliefs are not the beliefs of GB Sciences, Inc., and do not represent the views or opinions of GB Sciences, Inc., unless explicitly stated.

It is possible that the actual results and financial condition of GB Sciences, Inc., may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results and financial conditions suggested in these forward-looking statements by the blog author. Information concerning the GB Sciences, Inc., and its business, including factors that potentially could materially affect GB Sciences, Inc., are contained in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available at www.sec.gov.  Any forward-looking statements included in this blog are made only as of the date of this blog, and neither the specific blog author nor GB Sciences, Inc., undertake any obligation to publicly update or correct any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that subsequently occur or of which they may hereafter become aware.

Through this website and blog you are able to link to other websites that are not under the control of the blog author or GB Sciences, Inc. The blog author and GB Sciences, Inc., have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not imply a recommendation or endorsement of the views and opinions expressed within them.

Con­tent made avail­able at the Site is pro­vided on an “as is” and “as avail­able” basis with­out war­ranties of any kind, either express or implied. Under no cir­cum­stances, as a result of your use of the Site, will the specific author or GB Sciences, Inc., be liable to you or to any other per­son for any direct, indi­rect, inci­den­tal, con­se­quen­tial, spe­cial, exem­plary or other dam­ages under any legal the­ory, includ­ing, with­out lim­i­ta­tion, tort, con­tract, strict lia­bil­ity or oth­er­wise, even if advised of the pos­si­bil­ity of such damages.

By access­ing the Site and/or read­ing its con­tent, you acknowl­edge and agree that you have read and under­stand these terms and con­di­tions, that the pro­vi­sions, dis­clo­sures and dis­claimers set forth herein are fair and rea­son­able, and that your agree­ment to fol­low and be bound by these terms and con­di­tions is vol­un­tary and is not the result of fraud, duress or undue influ­ence exer­cised upon you by any per­son or entity.