As if pot-loving tourists weren’t stoked enough already about being able to legally buy weed once crossing onto Colorado state lines, those traveling here from somewhere else, that are 21-years and older, can now also purchase a larger quantity of this recreational product than they have ever been allowed to before. This recent change in legislation, now making it legal for Colorado dispensaries to sell up to an ounce of weed to non-residents, was signed into effect by Governor Hickenlooper in mid-June, and went into effect immediately after. This specific bill was part of a larger law, HB 1261, which calls for a routine renewal of Colorado’s cannabis rules and regulations.
Both the cannabis industry as a whole, as well as those on the receiving end of taxes made on marijuana are elated with this recent change that has been made. It pretty much goes hand in hand, because when you think about it, now that pot shops are able to make more profits than ever before, it is only then raking in more money for the state of Colorado, including the local schools and other organizations that also benefit from sales. Aside from the money aspect, having the same rules and standards for all customers across the board makes things much easier when it comes to the job of budtenders, causing less confusion and one less thing to have to worry about – especially in the months when tourism is particularly high. Additionally, those that visit dispensaries from places outside of Colorado will have the opportunity to try a larger variety of what pot shops have to offer, if they so please, and won’t feel inferior to residents during the purchasing process. Prior to this happening, out-of-stater’s were permitted to buy only up to a quarter ounce at retail stores, while those baring a Colorado ID were allowed up to an ounce daily. Tourists and residents alike can currently mix and match what they buy (flower, edibles, concentrate), just as long as the total equals 28 grams or less. When the original purchasing limits were set back in 2013, lawmakers were worried that many tourists would attempt to take their pot back to places in which it was not legal. In fact, a few of our neighbors (cough, cough Nebraska and Oklahoma) even tried suing the state of Colorado for this very reason. Fast forward to about three years later, and state regulators have now determined that this worry is actually pretty small in the scheme of things, and rather than putting energy into small amounts of weed that tourists may pack and take home with them, they need to instead focus on the underground growers who are sending their harvests to other states.