2016 marks another positive year for marijuana legislation in Colorado


Last update: June 19, 2016



Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signature on several good marijuana-related bills rounds out the 2016 session, improving Colorado’s laws in significant ways. Out-of-state visitors aged 21 or over may now purchase up to an ounce of marijuana from licensed retail shops, treating visitors the same as state residents. Students who are medical marijuana patients were also granted protections that prohibit schools from disciplining them for possession or consumption, nor may schools deny admission based on patient status in the registry. Finally, out-of-state ownership of and investment in cannabis-related businesses will be much easier for those who apply, starting January 1, 2017.

A bad bill that would have capped the amount of THC available in marijuana products did not pass. But unfortunately, despite expectations, Colorado did not consider an anticipated bill that would have established cannabis cafés or clubs, where adults could meet and consume socially.

But Colorado continues its winning streak when it comes to marijuana legalization. Revenue is up, the negative effects of failed prohibition policies are way down, and the rest of the country is taking notice. Click here for further details on life after legalization and regulation in Colorado. If you have not already done so, please sign-up for our free, state-specific email alerts so you don’t miss your opportunity to advocate for sensible marijuana policy in the Centennial State.

Families find hope high in the Rocky Mountains


In the summer of 2013, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta released a documentary about medical marijuana 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.

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