Each cultivation facility is assigned a different tier depending on the number of plants it has:
And charges that get dismissed can be sealed immediately. 6
And home growers may not keep more than 12 marijuana plants in their residence, even if more than two adults live there.
Waiting time to seal records
8. Are grow houses legal in Colorado?
Yes, with the applicable licenses. Go to the Colorado government’s official cannabis site as well as county government websites for information on the requirements, applications, fees, licenses, and renewals for creating a professional marijuana farm or a retail marijuana dispensary to sell THC / marijuana products.
But if there were more than 24 plants, a subsequent illegal cultivation offense is a class 3 drug felony. The sentence is two-to-four years in Colorado State Prison and/or fines of $2,000 to $500,000. But the prison term becomes four-to-six years if there are aggravating factors. Examples are if the defendant was:
7. Can I be deported?
The maximum 12-plant per household rule applies to card-holding medical marijuana patients and caregivers, but there are exceptions. Patients can possess up to 24 plants at home if they:
Colorado’s legalization of the recreational use of marijuana happened only in 2012 with the passage of Amendment 64. Adults 21 years old and older now may possess up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use. 2
Under the law, social equity licensees can participate in the state’s accelerator licensing program, which pairs the social equity licensee with existing cannabis businesses to learn the tools of the trade. The social equity licensee must hold at least a 51 percent ownership stake in any marijuana business that the license is granted for. Also, the law gives licensees reductions for the hefty application and licensee that currently total $7,000.
The MED can implement and enforce these rules independently of the state legislature because it is granted regulatory and enforcement power over the state’s medical and retail marijuana industries. Colorado implemented several waste measures to curb the environmental impact the marijuana industry produces. This impact is quite substantial: the marijuana industry produced 3,650 tons of marijuana plant waste in 2019. The MED opened several avenues around the state’s 50/50 requirement, requiring that unused plant matter can be mixed with other materials such as sawdust, bleach, and coffee grounds as long as the marijuana-to-waste ratio is 50/50.
Aurora and Denver are the only cities that have approved marijuana delivery programs. Aurora decided to implement its delivery program with a focus on social-equity applicants. Only social-equity applicants will be able to receive a delivery license for the first three years of the plan, and the application fees for the delivery license are mostly covered with a city grant. Deliveries are limited to one per day, cannot be more than one ounce or eight grams of marijuana concentrate, and cannot be made to college campuses. Permits granted are valid for one year.
Up to six plants are allowed per Colorado resident over age 21, with as many as three plants flowering at one time.
The laws are different for medical marijuana consumers.
Don’t forget that counties and municipalities can pass stricter laws. For example, Denver limits a home grow to 12 plants, even if there are three or more adults over age 21 in the residence. Be sure to check your local laws for specific details.