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Marijuana Tourism: How Much Marijuana Can Your Out of State Friends Buy?


When marijuana was first legalized in Colorado, the state implemented a unique system that limited tourists and visitors from out of state to just 1/4 oz. No other recreational marijuana state in the nation used a tiered system. And in June of 2016, Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 1261 into law, renewing Colorado’s marijuana regulations and repealing the arbitrary rule that kept non-residents from buying as much as individuals with a Colorado license. Now any adult over 21 can purchase up to one ounce of marijuana flower, 8 grams of concentrates or 800mg of edibles.

This is exciting news for marijuana tourists and recreational dispensaries alike. Visitors from out of state can now purchase a wider variety of cannabis products before reaching their limit, mixing and matching flower, concentrates and edibles. And recreational marijuana dispensaries can help customers more efficiently now that budtenders don’t have to worry about tiered purchasing limits.

Why Increase the Limit: Do Marijuana Tourists Need So Much Weed?

When the average person visits Colorado for a few days, chances are they won’t need more than 1/4 oz of marijuana. But there are many visitors who stay for weeks or even months at a stretch. Others stop by dispensaries in groups or as part of a 420 tour, and allowing individuals to purchase larger quantities improves customer experience while reducing wait time for local shoppers.

There is also a financial benefit to repealing the lower limit for non-residents. Visitors can now spend four times as much on cannabis, and that means more tax dollars for important programs like education, conservation and law enforcement. As marijuana tourism grows in popularity and more states legalize recreational marijuana, removing the tiered purchase limits will ensure Colorado remains a competitive 420 vacation destination for even the most discerning marijuana tourist.

Knowing Where You Can Smoke

Just because your friends or family from out of state can purchase as much marijuana as Colorado residents doesn’t mean they can smoke it anywhere they want. Remember the following important rules and your visitors can have a great time without risking a ticket.

  • NO smoking in public. That includes parks, trails and many hotel balconies. There are hotel and housing options that allow marijuana consumption, as well as a few private clubs, venues and other options where you can smoke in a legal, care-free setting.
  • NO marijuana on federal land (even if you plan on leaving it in the trunk of your car). Many parks, monuments, ski resorts and other popular Colorado destinations are located on federal land, where marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I controlled substance. If you’re driving up to a national park or one of Colorado’s many beautiful ski resorts make sure you leave your marijuana at home.

Please be responsible when enjoying cannabis in Colorado. Some marijuana strains or products may have a more significant high than you anticipated. Others may take up to two hours before you start to feel the effects, and it can be tempting to eat another infused candy before your body has had time to process the last one. Whether you are smoking or eating edibles, give yourself at least one or two hours between doses to help maintain a more satisfying high.

How Marijuana Limits Have Changed in Boulder:

  • (1975) Colorado decriminalizes possession of up to 1 oz of marijuana.
  • (2000) Colorado legalizes medical marijuana.
  • (2012) Colorado becomes one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana (up to 1 oz).
  • (2013) Limits are placed on purchases made by out-of-state residents (up to 1/4 oz).
  • (2014) Recreational marijuana dispensaries open for business. Individuals with a Colorado license can purchase up to 1 oz. Those with out of state licenses are limited to 1/4 oz.
  • (June 2016) Anyone can purchase up to 1 oz (28 grams) of marijuana (flower, concentrate or edibles), even individuals from out of state.
  • (Oct 2016) The limit for concentrates and edibles is lowered to 8 grams of concentrate and 800mg of edibles. Individuals can still purchase up to 1 oz of marijuana flower.

Karing Kind is Boulder’s First Recreational Marijuana Dispensary

If you know someone stopping through Boulder this year, remember to bring them to Karing Kind to shop our selection of clean-grown bud, pure concentrates, edibles and exclusive discounts. Our award-winning budtenders can help you find the right product at the right price.

Karing Kind is located just off of US-36, one mile north of Broadway, open daily from 9am to 10pm.

While we carry a variety of strains, concentrates, edibles, salves and tinctures, inventory and stock levels fluctuate from week to week and month to month. Check our menu and follow us on Twitter for an up-to-date list of edibles, concentrates and buds available now.