Recreational marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado, but the production and use of cannabis is still heavily regulated. For example, it is still illegal to have more than one ounce of marijuana in your possession or to purchase marijuana under the age of 21. There are also laws regulating the growth of cannabis plants. Is it legal to grow marijuana at home? Here’s what you need to know:
Legal Limits on Cannabis Plants
Colorado law used to allow every adult over the age of 21 to have up to six cannabis plants growing at home, however no more than three of them could be flowering at once. But, a new law was recently passed that drastically reduces the number of cannabis plants that residential users are allowed to grow at home.
As of January 1, 2018, the legal limit for recreational cannabis plants is 12 plants per household. The legal limit is no longer set per adult, but rather per household. Therefore, even if you have more than two adults in your home, the legal limit will still be 12 plants per household. Medicinal users have the option of asking the state for an exemption. If their request is granted, medicinal users are legally allowed to have up to 24 plants in their household.
Growing Rules & Regulations
Even if you have fewer than 12 plants growing in your home, you could face legal trouble if you do not comply with the rules and regulations of growing marijuana. All marijuana plants must be kept in an enclosed and locked area, which means it is not legal to grow cannabis outdoors.
If there is anyone who is under the age of 21 in your home, the plants must be locked away in an area that cannot be accessed by minors. If anyone under the age of 21 ever visits your home, it’s important to make sure the minors do not have access to your plants.
Finally, no one who is growing cannabis plants at home can sell marijuana products. Retailers must go through a lengthy procedure to obtain the licensing they need to sell marijuana products. As a home grower, you do not have a license and are therefore not legally authorized to sell marijuana products to other people.
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