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Ask a Stoner: Legal Limits For Buying Weed

There are laws and punishments, but not much oversight.
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Dear Stoner: I know I’m allowed to purchase up to one recreational ounce of weed per visit, but can I just go into another dispensary and purchase another ounce?

Dear Hugh: Colorado residents and visitors alike may purchase up to one ounce of cannabis at a time, once a day, but may possess up to two ounces of marijuana at a time, while registered medical marijuana patients are allowed to purchase two ounces. Confusing, we know.

The one-ounce possession limit was created when Colorado first legalized recreational cannabis in 2012, with lawmakers increasing it to two ounces in 2021. However, the state licensing authority is in charge of cannabis purchasing limits, and those still haven't changed.
click to enlarge Jars of weed at a dispensary
Colorado dispensaries can't sell recreational customers more than one ounce of flower per day.
Scott Lentz
And it gets more confusing: If concentrates or edibles on the recreational side contain more than 800 milligrams of THC, dispensaries are limited to selling only eight grams, so mixing flower, joints, edibles, concentrates and vape cartridges together in one purchase can get tricky.

Technically, the one-ounce purchase limit applies to an entire day, but as suggested in your question, there’s nothing really stopping someone from purchasing the limit at one recreational dispensary, then walking into another down the street for more shopping. These days, dispensaries won’t just wink and smile at customers who purchase an ounce and walk back in moments later for more bud, as some once did. That being said, there’s still no system set up to track recreational customers’ activity.

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