An Explanation Of Colorado Marijuana Laws
While marijuana laws are much looser in Colorado than the rest of the United States, they can still be confusing. If you have been charged with a marijuana crime, you need a marijuana lawyer at your side to help you navigate the court system. The range of punishment can be harsh, causing significant personal and financial disruption to your life. Attorney Joseph Galera at Dunsing, Deakins & Galera, LLC, in Denver, CO, has worked as a criminal defense attorney for 15 years and can reduce or even eliminate the consequences of a drug conviction.
Colorado and Marijuana Crimes
Even though the voters in Colorado passed laws to legalize marijuana, the state carefully regulates its use. There are many types of crimes related to marijuana use, any one of which can carry stiff fines and penalties. Among the most commonly violated are:
- Possession: Adults over 21 may possess one ounce of THC. Possession in amounts over this limit is considered a crime and is punishable by law.
- Consumption: You are not permitted to consume marijuana in a public or open space. If you are caught using marijuana on the sidewalk, at a store, in the park, or any other open and public space, you can be ticketed.
- DUI: If you are under the influence of marijuana while driving, you can face jail time and significant fines. A first-time offender usually faces five days to a year in jail, suspension of driving privileges for up to nine months, and a fine between $600 and $1,000. You may also be required to complete public service. The penalties only go up for subsequent offenses.
- Exporting: Because marijuana is not legal according to federal law, taking marijuana across state laws can lead to criminal charges. This can include simply driving it across the border or mailing it back to another state.
- Cultivation: Persons over 21 are allowed to cultivate up to six plants. Three of these may be flowering as long as they are kept in an enclosed and locked space.
If you are on federal property within the state, such as national parks, you will be subject to federal law rather than Colorado law. Additionally, if you are a store owner, you must abide by the hours of operation guidelines, which can vary by city.
When in doubt regarding what you can and cannot do to avoid being charged with a marijuana crime, call our office. We have over 45 years of combined legal experience and are here to answer your questions.
How We Can Help
Having an attorney who knows how to navigate the judicial system is the most powerful tool you can have in your arsenal when accused of a crime. Even if you do not serve jail time, a drug-related conviction can severely impact your life. It can affect everything from child custody to your ability to work.
We understand the gravity of this and how important it is to keep a clear record. Let us help you today.
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If you have questions about marijuana crimes, contact us online or call us in Denver at (303) 758-8981 today to schedule an appointment. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and determine the best course of action.