(Last update: May 30, 2019)

Medical Marijuana: Yes

Recreational Marijuana: Yes

Decriminalized: -

In-Home Cultivation: -

Governor Polis signs cannabis bills, including to allow home delivery and cannabis cafés

In May 2019, Governor Jared Polis (D) signed several bills to improve Colorado’s cannabis laws — including to allow delivery and on-site consumption, to make investment easier, and to allow patients to use medical cannabis for anything a prescription opiate could be prescribed for.

 HB 1234 will allow home delivery in cities and counties that allow it. Deliveries will only be allowed at private residences and are not allowed on college campuses. Medical cannabis deliveries can begin as soon as January 2, 2020, and deliveries to adult consumers can start in January 2021.

Meanwhile, HB 1230, will allow businesses like hotels or restaurants to set aside a location for patrons to consume cannabis — also in cities and counties that opt in. It will also allow licensed retail locations to sell small amounts of cannabis for use on-site. The emergence of hospitality centers is a big step forward for tourists and other consumers seeking a place to consume a safer alternative to alcohol.

Finally, HB 1090 allows capital investment in cannabis businesses from publicly traded companies, and SB 13 allows patients to register to use medical cannabis (which is taxed at a much lower rate than adult-use cannabis) for any condition for which they could be prescribed prescription opiates. It also makes it easier for minor patients to qualify, by allowing any kind of physician (rather than just certain specialists) to sign their certification.

Families find hope high in the Rocky Mountains

In the summer of 2013, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta released a documentary about medicalmarijuana called Weed, featuring a CBD-rich cannabis oil that could save lives. The oil successfully treated seizures caused by intractable epilepsy, which sometimes occur hundreds of times per day. Soon, more than a hundred families flocked to Colorado, most with a child suffering from similar seizures. They called themselves "medical refugees," and Colorado’s medical cannabis was their last hope.

If you or someone you know would like to become a registered medical marijuana patient in Colorado, please visit the Department of Public Health and Environment’s website for a list of frequently asked questions, application information, and materials.