Frequently Asked Questions

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


1.  What is the difference between medical marijuana and retail marijuana?

Medical marijuana is only available to Colorado residents who have registry identification cards issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.    To obtain a registry identification card, individuals must provide written documentation from a doctor that the individual has a debilitating medical condition which may benefit from the medical use of marijuana. The registry identification cards give patients legal access to medical marijuana. Cards are only valid in Colorado.  Medical marijuana patients can obtain medical marijuana from a licensed medical marijuana center, a primary caregiver or may grow their own medical marijuana within the limits discussed below.

Retail marijuana is available to anyone 21 year of age or older. Retail marijuana may be obtained from a licensed retail marijuana store or individuals 21 years of age or older may grow their own marijuana within the limits discussed below.

2.  What are the limits on my personal use and consumption of marijuana

  • Marijuana cannot be used or consumed openly and publicly / in the plain view of the general public.
  • It is illegal to take marijuana across state lines. 
  • Employers have the right to prohibit the use, consumption, possession, transfer, display, transportation, sale or growth of marijuana at the workplace, and have the right to maintain and/or enact policies restricting the use of marijuana by employees.
  • Property owners (including landlords) have the right to prohibit the use, consumption, possession, transfer, display, transportation, sale or growth of marijuana on their property.

With these limitations in mind:

Individuals with medical marijuana registry identification cards may possess:

  • No more than 2 ounces of medical marijuana, regardless of form
  • No more than 6 marijuana plants, with 3 or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are producing a usable form of marijuana

Individuals 21 years of age or older may possess, use, display, purchase and transport:

  • Marijuana accessories
  • No more than 1 ounce of retail marijuana, regardless of form

Individuals 21 years of age or older may possess, grow, process and transport:

  • No more than 6 marijuana plants, with 3 or fewer being mature, flowering plants.  Plants must be grown in an enclosed, locked space. 

Individuals who do not have a licensed medical marijuana center or a licensed retail marijuana store may not sell marijuana.  However, individuals may give 1 ounce or less of retail marijuana to any other individual 21 years of age or older.

Pursuant to C.R.S. § 9-7-113, La Plata County has adopted regulations banning the use of compressed, flammable gases, including but not limited to butane, propane, and hexane, or any other solvent to extract or enhance THC or any other cannabinoids.

3.  How can I purchase Retail Marijuana?

Individuals 21 years of age or older can only purchase retail marijuana from licensed retail stores.

  • Colorado residents can purchase up to 1 ounce in a single transaction.
  • Non-residents can purchase up to ¼ ounce in a single transaction.

Marijuana (both medical and retail) cannot be used or consumed openly and publicly / in the plain view of the general public.  Further, it cannot be consumed on the licensed premises where it is purchased.

4.  HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A LICENSE TO OPERATE A COMMERCIAL MARIJUANA ESTABLISHMENT IN LA PLATA COUNTY?

You should review the Marijuana Licensing Information Sheet for general information about the licensing process.

Medical Marijuana Establishments:  Those individuals who wish to apply for a license to operate a medical marijuana center, medical marijuana optional premises cultivation facility or a medical marijuana-infused products manufacturing facility must submit an application and checklist to our local licensing authority.  The licensing authority is a three-person panel that reviews and either approves or denies applications based on criteria set forth in Chapter 7 of the La Plata County Code.

To set up a pre-application meeting, please contact the Building Department at (970) 382-6250.

Retail Marijuana Establishments: According to state regulations, all applications for a license to operate a retail marijuana establishment must begin at the State level (La Plata County can only accept initial applications forwarded from the State of Colorado). 

Once an initial application is received, the applicant will be contacted and will be required to submit a supplemental application and Checklist to our local licensing with additional information.   The licensing authority is a three-person panel that reviews and either approves or denies applications based on criteria set forth in Chapter 7 of the La Plata County Code.

Note:  To be eligible for issuance of a license to operate a medical or retail marijuana establishment, all owners must have been Colorado residents for at least 2 years prior to the application date.