Recreational marijuana dispensaries have been serving Colorado cannabis consumers since Jan 1, 2014. But in the years since legalization, many state and local laws related to the cultivation, sale, marketing and possession of cannabis have been changed or amended.
And as cannabis laws change, you may be left with questions about where to buy marijuana, what cannabis products are available, and how much you can legally purchase.
How Have Colorado Marijuana Limits Changed Since Legalization?
When recreational marijuana was first available in 2014, Colorado residents could purchase up to one ounce (or 28 grams) of THC. And tourists were limited to 7 grams.
By June 2016, the legislation had changed. Suddenly, both tourists and residents were able to purchase up to 28 grams of THC. And because of the way Colorado marijuana laws were written at the time, consumers could buy concentrates and edibles in the same quantities as their bud, provided the total didn’t go over the specified 28 grams.
In the mid-2010s, studies conducted by the Marijuana Enforcement Division sought to determine equivalent levels of THC in concentrates and edibles. The idea was that some products, like cannabis concentrates and edibles, contain significantly higher levels of THC and can have a much stronger effect on the user than marijuana flower.
So in October of 2016 the laws changed again.
Current Colorado Marijuana Limits
As of May 2021, adults 21 and older can purchase in a single trip:
- up to 28 grams, or 1 ounce, of marijuana flower
- up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrates (oil, wax, shatter, resin, rosin, etc.)
- up to 800mg of edibles
You will still be able to mix and match flower, edibles and concentrates, but the math can be a bit more complicated if you’re buying in bulk.
When planning your next Boulder dispensary run, it can help to remember that 1/8th oz of marijuana flower is equivalent to 1 gram of concentrate or a 100mg edible.
|8g concentrate = 1 oz flower||800mg edible = 1 oz flower|
|1g concentrate = 1/8th oz flower||100mg edible = 1/8th oz flower|
If you purchase 2 grams of concentrate and 200mg of edibles, for example, that equates to 1/2 ounce of flower. So you would only be able to buy another 1/2 ounce of flower before you reached your Colorado marijuana limit.
Don’t sweat the math, though. Your budtender will keep track of purchase totals and let you know if you’re approaching the limit for a single purchase.
Keep in mind that while these limits are in place for a “single trip,” many dispensaries err on the side of caution and will only serve consumers one time per day.
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How Much Cannabis Can You Legally Possess At One Time?
In May, 2021 Governor Jared Polis signed into law new legislation eliminating civil penalties for activities involving the possession of up to 2 ounces of cannabis flower or concentrates. While HB21-1090, won’t affect how much cannabis you can purchase in a single trip, Colorado residents and visitors can now possess up to 56 grams of cannabis.
Boulder’s First Recreational Marijuana Dispensary
Karing Kind is Boulder’s first recreational marijuana dispensary, and we’re proud to offer the lowest marijuana tax in Colorado. Our best-in-Boulder selection of edibles, flower, and concentrates make it easy to mix and match your favorite cannabis products.
Not sure what you need? Our award-winning budtenders can help you find the right product and in the right amount for your needs. Karing Kind is located just off of US-36, one mile north of Broadway, open daily from 9am to 10pm.
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