Note that people under 21 convicted of possessing pot or of marijuana use face a petty offense charge for being a minor in possession (CRS 18-6-701). Penalties increase with each successive conviction:
3. What are the penalties for illegal cultivation?
If a person under 21 lives in the home, the area where the marijuana is grown must itself be enclosed and locked. And if a person under 21 enters the home, access to the homegrown marijuana must be reasonably restricted from him or her. 1
7. Can I be deported?
Colorado’s application fee for a cultivation facility is $4,000. The annual renewal fee depends on the number of marijuana plants. 9
One of the most notable laws passed in 2021 was the creation of a statewide equity program for permitting. Similar programs implemented in states like Illinois might have influenced Colorado to pass this law. The equity program provides cannabis social equity licenses and support services, like mentorship programs and financial incentives, for aspiring business owners to kickstart their cannabis businesses.
Social Equity Program
Colorado was actually among the first states to criminalize marijuana. In 1917, Colorado legislators made the use and cultivation of marijuana a misdemeanor, but criminalization did not last long compared to other states. In 1975, Colorado also became one of the first states to decriminalize marijuana. A couple of decades later, in 2000, Colorado voters passed Amendment 20, which amended Colorado’s Constitution to allow for the use of medicinal marijuana in the state for approved patients with medical consent.
New Laws Effective in 2021
Also, the licensee must consider any expiration dates of additives used to make the vaporizer, the vaporizer’s final formulation, and the vaporizer’s ideal storage conditions when determining expiration dates. Licensees must create business records of their expiration date determinations and any data used to make those determinations.
Coloradans can grow marijuana in their homes for personal use.
Up to six plants are allowed per Colorado resident over age 21, with as many as three plants flowering at one time.
Marijuana plants must be kept in an enclosed, locked area that can’t be viewed openly. This means the plants can’t be outside.