Dear Stoner: How Much Marijuana Can a Tourist Buy in Colorado?

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Dear Stoner: I’ll be visiting Colorado this summer, and everyone is telling me I can only buy a quarter-ounce. Is that true? If so, is that for every shop, or can I buy more at another?
Based B

Dear Based: It used to be that way, but not any longer! In June, Governor John Hickenlooper signed a law bumping up the out-of-stater limit to an ounce, so you don’t have to limit yourself to a quarter-ounce at each shop you visit. Not that I’ve met many people who go through a quarter in a day — but they’re out there.

The ounce limit applies to more than just flower. You’re allowed to buy up to an ounce of any marijuana product, meaning you could buy an ounce of hash, an ounce worth of edibles (which are measured by THC milligrams, though some dispensaries have imposed their own limits so that customers can’t buy them out) or a combination of different products. You can also buy an ounce of marijuana at a second dispensary after you leave the first, because there’s no system (that we know of, anyway) that monitors where you go — but it’s illegal to possess more than one ounce of recreational marijuana at a time in Colorado. Enjoy your trip — and happy hotboxing!

Dear Stoner:
What’s the difference between a joint and a spliff? Or are they the same thing?
Dean in Denver

Dear Dean: I laid awake at night wondering the same thing until I went to college. I used to hear the word “spliff” in movies and songs all the time, and just assumed it was vintage slang for “joint.” I never knew any better: Growing up in a small, hippie-less town in Arizona, I never came into contact with anyone who smoked spliffs. Then some hair grew on my chest and my balls finally dropped, and some hot chick with dreads asked if I wanted to hit a spliff at a party. Expecting just pot, I was surprised to feel a harsher hit that made my stomach curl after inhaling. Apparently, spliffs have tobacco in them!

Not only are spliffs a way for moochers and the poor to conserve weed, but there are other reasons that people smoke them. The tobacco/weed combination isn’t as zombifying as a blunt but still gives a good head buzz to mellow out potent THC, and spliff smokers swear by how much smoother they burn than joints do. Smokers particular to certain types of tobacco also rave about the flavor combinations — but I’ll never be in that camp. If I’m going to fill my lungs with smoke, I want it to taste like pine trees and have cannabinoids in it.

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