Cannabis FAQ

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Here in Colorado, we’re at the forefront of the global cannabis community. The legal marijuana industry is as developed here as it is just about anywhere, which is excellent for anyone who wants to find the best strains, edibles, concentrates, and other products. Now that there’s so much access to recreational marijuana in Denver, some people have many questions about it. Here are answers to some of the most popular questions we get at both of our dispensaries in Denver.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Buy Recreational Cannabis in Colorado?

To purchase, possess, and enjoy recreational marijuana in Colorado, you just have to be at least 21 years old. You can give it as a gift to people above the age of 21 as well. 

Is Buying Recreational Cannabis Like Buying Medical Marijuana?

Other than the fact that you’re going to a dispensary and selecting the products you want, there is very little in common between the experience of buying recreational cannabis and buying medical marijuana. Licensed retail marijuana stores can sell recreational cannabis to anyone who is at least 21 years old. All you need to go into a recreational dispensary and make a purchase is your government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.

The process of buying medical marijuana is slightly different. You do need to have a valid medical marijuana card, which is often called a red card here in Colorado. Patients can receive these cards with a doctor’s recommendation. The doctor just has to confirm that the patient is dealing with a medical condition that might be benefited from medical marijuana. Not sure where to go to get certified? Just ask us; we have recommendations!

While visitors cannot qualify for medical marijuana in Colorado, they can visit recreational dispensaries to purchase retail cannabis. Even though buying medical marijuana requires slightly more preparation, many patients find it’s worth it in the long run to get the products they need for a lower cost.

If I Have Extra Marijuana Left, Can I Sell It?

It’s illegal to resell recreational cannabis here in Colorado. Even if you’re about to leave the state, you’re not allowed to sell it. Even selling it for the amount you paid is illegal. The only way to legally give your cannabis to someone else is to give it as a gift to another legal adult who is at least 21 years old. Your friend will certainly appreciate the gift!

Are There Cannabis “Coffee Shops” or Cannabis Social Clubs in Denver?

A few short years ago, these types of venues were completely forbidden. Luckily, now you may be able to find a few designated smoking areas. The good news is that these types of organizations will only become more prevalent throughout the years.

Can I Have Cannabis in My Car?

It’s legal to carry cannabis in cars, as long as it’s not in an open container. However, it is not legal to drive across the border into another state with your stash, even if you’re going to another state where recreational marijuana is legal. While transportation is legal, you’re not allowed to consume cannabis in your car.

Furthermore, you’re not allowed to drive while under the influence of cannabis. You can get a DUI, just as you can for driving under the influence of alcohol. The legal limit is five nanograms of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per milliliter of blood. The legal consequences may include fines, a revoked license, and possible jail time.

If you want to make sure you’re transporting your cannabis safely, place it in the trunk of your vehicle. If you drive a hatchback, SUV, or some other vehicle that doesn’t have a separate trunk, place your cannabis behind the last row of seats. This is even better than putting it in the glove box, which is technically considered to be part of the passenger area.

Can I Consume Cannabis at a 420-Friendly Hotel?

It’s up to the discretion of a hotel to allow marijuana smoke in their rooms, though the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act does limit smoking to at most 25% of the rooms. To be sure, ask your hotel if they allow you to smoke cannabis there and confirm exactly where on the property you’re allowed to smoke. We also have some 420 friendly spots to recommend – just ask!

420-friendly hotels are getting more prevalent in Denver and throughout the state of Colorado, which means it’s increasingly easy to find a room at a hotel where you can consume cannabis. The hotel should give you all of the information you need to make sure you’re keeping your enjoyment of cannabis legal. 

Where Else Can I Consume Cannabis in Colorado?

Beyond the growing number of hotels, clubs, and other venues that allow cannabis consumption, you’re free to enjoy cannabis however you please in the privacy of your own home. There are just a few things to keep in mind here:

    • If you’re renting your home, check with your landlord or property management company to ensure that they allow cannabis consumption.
    • Some parts of your property may be in easy view of the public, which would still make your cannabis consumption open and public.

With that in mind, it’s still best to be discreet, even when you’re on your own property (or 420-friendly property you rent). This could mean smoking inside or on a private back deck. If you live a bit outside the city and have a lot of property, it’s a lot easier to keep your session private. If you live in an area with a lot more traffic, just use your best judgment. As long as you’re not intentionally overt, everything should be alright.

Are The Cannabis Laws the Same Everywhere in Colorado?

The laws may vary slightly from place to place. For example, Denver cannabis ordinances only apply to the City of Denver and the County of Denver. If you’re going elsewhere in the state, check to see what their unique laws are for the sale and consumption of recreational marijuana.

Are There Any Other Denver Cannabis Laws or Restrictions I Should Know About?

It’s illegal to consume cannabis outside on non-residential property, even if that property is private, if the activity would be clearly visible from any public place. As far as private residential property goes, it’s only legal to consume recreational marijuana outside if you are the owner, if you’re leasing the property, or if you have permission from the person who owns or is leasing the property.

In other words, just make sure you’re polite and not smoking cannabis anywhere you don’t have permission to do so. If you read all of the information here and use good common sense, you should have an enjoyable cannabis experience here in Denver.

What Are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are organic compounds that occur naturally in the cannabis plant. Scientists and researchers have been able to identify a wide variety of different cannabinoids, but cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two most prevalent by far. CBD is what people are getting when they buy hemp products, and it’s legal on a federal level throughout the United States. It’s not psychoactive, and people buy CBD for a variety of reasons.

THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana. It’s not yet legal on the federal level in the United States; it’s legal here in Colorado and a few other states. Most customers who visit our dispensaries in Denver are looking for products with high THC levels. You may soon start hearing more about other cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, and CBC, among others.

What Is the Difference Between Medical and Recreational Cannabis?

Even though recreational cannabis is legal here in Colorado, it’s still possible to become a medical marijuana patient. Recreational marijuana products and medical marijuana products are very similar, but there are two primary reasons someone might want to shop at a medical marijuana dispensary instead:

    1. Some medical marijuana products can have more THC, which is especially true for edibles. Both recreational marijuana products and medical marijuana products are held to high standards for quality, but recreational edibles are limited in their maximum THC content. Some people prefer to buy medical marijuana edibles so they can get more THC in a single package.
    2. Taxes are lower for medical marijuana than recreational marijuana, so the overall price to the customer is lower. This might not be a big deal for most people who only visit their Denver dispensary occasionally. Still, some people who buy a lot of cannabis say they can save money by becoming a medical marijuana patient.

What’s the Difference Between Cannabis, Hemp, and Marijuana?

There’s some confusion about the terms cannabis, hemp, and marijuana, much of which is caused by this plant’s confusing legal status in the United States. Marijuana and hemp are both ways to refer to cannabis plants depending on the plant’s THC content. We call cannabis plants hemp when they have no more than 0.3% THC content because that’s the maximum THC level that’s legal on a national level in the United States. We call cannabis plants marijuana when they have more than 0.3% THC.

When you’re buying products online or in states where marijuana hasn’t been legalized, you can only purchase hemp-derived CBD products. Here in Denver, though, you can visit your dispensary to buy products made with marijuana. It’s all the cannabis plant, but these words have become important because they help people talk about legal distinctions.

How Much Marijuana Can I Buy at One Time?

Recreational marijuana customers can buy up to one ounce (28 grams) in a single transaction. That amount is the same for residents and tourists now, though tourists used to be limited to seven grams. Medical marijuana patients in Colorado are allowed to possess as much as two ounces (56 grams) at any given time. It’s effortless to figure out your maximum order when you’re buying flower, but you may have to make conversions when you buy concentrates, edibles, and other products. The staff at your Denver dispensary will be able to help you calculate the total amount of your order and determine if it’s legal or not.

What Is a Budtender?

A budtender is an employee at a dispensary. The budtender’s job is to assist customers as they complete transactions, and you can ask them all of your questions about the products. When you visit a dispensary in Denver, the budtender should be able to talk to you about the different strains and introduce you to a variety of new products that may be appealing to you.

How Do I Find the Best Cannabis Dispensary in Denver?

Here at Greenfields Cannabis Co., we pride ourselves on offering a wide selection of premium cannabis products at fair prices. Our budtenders are friendly and knowledgeable, so you can expect excellent customer service as you navigate the dispensary menu at either of our locations.

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