The pot shops in Colorado held Black Friday sales just like other retailers. Well, except, of course they sold cannabis–a psychotropic drug, man, that crosses the blood–brain barrier and can alter your mood, level of consciousness and behavior. You might get woozy, euphoric and giggle uncontrollably . . . a lot.
At least that’s what I’ve heard. No first hand knowledge here. No, sir. No experiences with friends in high school behind the gym just before summer break. No ducking into a restroom to escape Coach Shepherd who was sniffing the air suspiciously on his way around the corner. Nope. I don’t know nuthin’ about no joint in 1990.
I do know that Colorado’s pot shops had lines around the building on Black Friday, or as they liked to call it Green Friday. Holiday pricing of the now-legal weed drew quite a crowd. [watch video below]
This got me to thinking, Do you have to actually live in Colorado to get in on the deal? Here’s what I found out, not that I’m interested in obtaining pot. Or going to Colorado. Where the Rocky Mountains live. High.
Coloradans passed Amendment 64 in November 2012, effectively legalizing the possession and sale of marijuana in the State of Colorado, making Colorado one of two places in the world where an adult, over the age of 21 can legally possess and consume marijuana recreationally. Amendment 64 gave the State until January 1, 2014 to create the framework and regulations necessary to allow for the retail sale of marijuana.
Can I Buy Marijuana While I Visit Colorado?
In short yes. Any adult, over the age of 21 can possess and consume marijuana in the State of Colorado. The law makes no distinction about in state residents versus tourists, in terms of the possession, purchase or consumption of marijuana in Colorado.
How Much Marijuana Can I Have?
This is where the law does make a distinction between residents and visitors. An adult with a valid Colorado ID can purchase up to one ounce of marijuana, while an individual with an out of state ID can purchase up to one quarter ounce at a time.
How Do I Purchase Marijuana?
Think of it much like purchasing alcohol. All you have to do is present a valid government issued ID, showing you are over the age of 21, and you are free to make your purchase up to the legal amount.
How Can I Transport Weed I Legally Bought?
The best advice I can give on this issue is to place it in a closed trunk. This way, if you are stopped by law enforcement, there’s no question that you weren’t consuming it.
Isn’t Weed Still Illegal Under Federal Law? Will the Feds Prosecute Me?
Yes and no. Marijuana remains illegal under Federal Law. That being said, the federal government has said that they will not prosecute the possession or sale of marijuana, so long as state law is being complied with, and those laws are “robust”. Colorado has tried to make the regulations regarding possession and sales of marijuana robust and well regulated, so as to prevent federal interference.
Can I Use My Credit or Debit Card to Legally Purchase Weed?
Someday. As it stands right now, pot shops are cash only businesses, due to federal banking regulations regarding money laundering and banks doing business with individuals dealing in areas illegal under federal law. This requirement will likely be changing soon though.
Where can I light up?
You won’t be allowed to smoke pot in public and, in fact, can’t even smoke in the pot shop or other establishments governed by the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act.
It’s all so complicated. Why did they pass this legalization of pot anyway?
Then there’s the reality we all know: There will be a tax bonanza to public treasuries. Retail weed will have a 25% state tax — plus the usual state sales tax of 2.9% — making recreational pot one of the most heavily taxed consumer products in Colorado. Some communities are adding even more taxes to the product.