Dear Stoner: What If You're Caught With More Than an Ounce?

Dear Stoner: I know that an ounce of weed is legal for adults 21 and up, but what happens if you have more than that amount on you? Are you going to jail?
Green Pockets

Dear Green: The answer? Maybe. You're right: You won't face any fines, penalties or jail time for an ounce or less if you're 21 or over, thanks to Amendment 64. Of course, you won't be facing jail time if you're between eighteen and twenty and holding an ounce, either. Technically, possession of up to two ounces has been decriminalized in Colorado since the 1970s for anyone eighteen and up; at most, you'll get petty-offense charges and a $100 fine. In fact, even if you're under eighteen you won't be facing jail time, as that amount has been decriminalized for kids (though if you're a minor and you're caught, you'll probably have to participate in a drug-awareness program).

But that doesn't mean you can't go to jail for having two ounces or less on you: Open and public use can get you fifteen days in jail and $100 in fines.

And there are plenty of other ways to become a criminal with weed in Colorado. Amendment 64 allows you to grow up to three flowering plants at a time and keep all that you harvest as long as the weed stays in the home where you grew it. But step outside the house with between two to six ounces, and you could face misdemeanor possession charges and get up to a year in jail and $1,000 in fines. Six to twelve ounces gets you a year and a half and $10,000 in fines. More than twelve ounces and you're facing felony charges and $100,000 in fines, along with your eighteen months in jail.

Oh, and don't grow more than six plants, either. That's felony territory as well, with up to six years and a half-million dollars in fines. If you're under 21 with six plants or less, it's a misdemeanor with up to eighteen months in the slammer and up to $5K in fines.

We won't even get into hash and concentrates, other than to say that penalties start at eighteen months in jail for having more than one ounce and go up to felony charges with twelve years and $750,000 in fines for distributing more than 100 pounds. Serious stuff.

Finally, while Amendment 64 gave you the right to give away pot, don't sell it (or at least don't get caught). Unless you're a dispensary, selling anything from a gram up to five pounds is a felony with between one and three years in jail and $100,000 in fines. And if you're selling to a minor — even just a joint — you're looking at three to twelve years in jail and $75K in fines.

 
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18 comments
Mike Skeel
Mike Skeel

You shouldnt ever have a need to carry more than an ounce. Why do we need a whole article?

Moonie Kim
Moonie Kim

I make edibles and dispense them for free to patients who can't afford them... This law sucks. To have to risk going to jail so I can get men and women going through cancer something that gives them a few moments of relief is ridiculous... But I do it. Because sometimes the law isn't right.

Leon Wilcox
Leon Wilcox

There shouldn't be an amount. I can legally buy enough alcohol to fill my house.

Billy Archilla
Billy Archilla

What other product can be bought in a store legally with a quantity control? I can go buy as much beer as I can fit in my house...

janthoferdb
janthoferdb

It's legal to smoke in your own house as long as no one can see you.....


WHOOOOOOOOOOOIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE


The media won't cover things like bill signings because it's boring and difficult for them. Reporters would rather just be puppets and let the State talk through them.  "Marijuana's legal watch these people buy it in a shop" seems like a easy story to control than, " State government is acting in federal gray areas, and while reinstating felonies for the public, they commit hundreds of felonies a day". Not telling the public selling a gram is a felony means they can cover more felony arrests in the future.  That story will be something like,  "Dangerous drug profiteer taken off the streets, new regulation dollars at work".

SpottedDick
SpottedDick

So contrary to all the lies published by Westword and other media, marijuana is still illegal in Colorado?



numberonedad731
numberonedad731

Youre a moron. And I can tell that you are extremely ignorant.

janthoferdb
janthoferdb

This isn't about carrying more than an ounce. The public was sold a bunch of lies about regulation like alcohol. This is about felony arrest going on in Denver over someone selling a single gram. Seem regulated like alcohol to me.

janthoferdb
janthoferdb

"What other product can be bought in a store legally with a quantity control?"

Pseudoephedrine.


Amendment 64: Regulate Pot Like Meth Precursor

billiejlusk
billiejlusk

@SpottedDick  not at all. Marijuana is legal in Colorado. There are caveats to that. Learn to read.

 
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