This page is intended to provide factual information about the purchase and use of recreational cannabis in Colorado Springs and the state of Colorado.
What is Amendment 64?
Amendment 64 makes the private use, and limited possession (up to one ounce) and home-growing (up to six plants) of cannabis legal under Colorado law for adults 21 years of age and older. The law also established a system in which cannabis is regulated, taxed, and distributed similarly to alcohol. The law went into effect on January 1, 2014. The state government's website has links to various national resources and will be adding additional information over time.
How might the law impact the Colorado visitor experience?
In December 15, 2017, Colorado Springs blocked recreational cannabis sales. Although the purchase and use is legal in some places in Colorado, only medical dispensaries are available in Colorado Springs. It is very important to note that Amendment 64 specifically bans public consumption of cannabis and using it in public remains illegal. The law will be fully enforced. Public areas include, but are not limited to, all public areas in business and residential areas, ski areas and resorts, federal land, public parks and sidewalks, state and national parks, and all public lands.
Here are some tips to make sure you can safely enjoy cannabis on your next trip to the Pikes Peak Region:
- You must be over 21.
- You cannot recreationally purchase cannabis in Colorado Springs.
- Talk to hotel staff about their specific rules. State law prohibits smoking and vaping in hotel rooms, but some may allow you to consume in public, outdoor areas.
- You can partake in your home/on your property.
- You can smoke in private lodgings with the owner’s permission - inquire before your stay.
- Cannabis products cannot cross state borders. So make sure to use or dispose of it before you go.
Where not to consume:
- Federal lands
- Public, outdoor places (parks, streets, balconies)
- Do not smoke before or while driving.
- Private lodging options (unless the property permits the use)
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Does Colorado Springs have cannabis retail stores?
El Paso and Teller County have chosen not to allow the retail sale of cannabis within their jurisdiction's limits, unless a city within the county elects to sell recreational cannabis.
What about nearby towns & counties?
Manitou Springs has two retail stores. Pueblo has several outlets as well. You may not purchase recreational cannabis in Teller County (includes Victor and Cripple Creek) or Fremont County (includes Canon City). We recommend reaching out to each municipality for more detailed information.
Do area lodging properties allow usage in smoking rooms?
While area lodging properties are all private property and have the choice to allow usage at their own discretion, many area lodging properties have decided to ban all marijuana usage on the property. Please make sure you understand each property's guidelines and restrictions before booking or staying in an area room.
Can I transport purchased cannabis through the Colorado Springs or Denver International Airports?
No, it is illegal to transport or possess cannabis in both airports as well as across state lines.
Please keep in mind:
- The manufacture, sales and possession of cannabis is still a federal offense,
- Communities and counties can and have chosen to ban recreational cannabis retail stores in their respective jurisdictions
- You may not buy, possess or smoke cannabis if you are under the age of 21; giving or selling cannabis to anyone under the age of 21 is illegal
- You may not consume cannabis in public and must have permission to do so if on private property
- DUI laws apply to cannabis
- Smoking laws and regulations also apply to smoking cannabis
- Out-of-state visitors are limited to purchasing up to one ounce (must be over the age of 21 with a valid photo ID)
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For more information, visit www.colorado.gov/pacific/marijuana/laws-about-marijuana-use