Amendment 64, the legislation legalizing limited use of marijuana in the state of Colorado, was fully implemented on January 1, 2015. While there are varying opinions on this legislation and its effects, Estes Park has taken measure to minimize the exposure of residents and guests to this new industry.
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding marijuana in Estes Park. Please go to www.goodtoknowcolorado.com for additional information on Amendment 64 and marijuana laws in Colorado.
Will we see marijuana businesses when we come to Estes Park?
The Town of Estes Park prohibits marijuana-selling businesses within town limits and Larimer County is not currently granting retail marijuana licenses to any new dispensaries in the Estes Park area. So, for the foreseeable future, there will likely be not legal retail or medical marijuana businesses in the Estes Park area.
Other cities and counties, including some located on the way to Estes Park, allow retail and/or medical marijuana businesses, so you may pass them while driving to Estes Park. Please go to each city or county website to determine specific marijuana laws for those areas.
Will people be smoking marijuana in public in Estes Park? Is this legal?
You should not encounter people smoking or consuming marijuana products in Estes Park’s public areas, including inside restaurants and lounges. Smoking or consuming marijuana-based products is, and will continue to be, illegal in public spaces in Colorado, including Estes Park.
What are the general rules surrounding marijuana purchase and possession?
There are a number of regulations regarding marijuana possession and purchase in Colorado. These include (but may not be limited to):
What are the consequences of violating the marijuana laws?
Penalties range from a fine to a possible jail or prison sentence. Colorado State Statutes spell out the specific penalties for various violations. Schools, universities and employers are allowed to put in place their own disciplinary actions for marijuana-related infractions.