Where Can I Smoke Pot in Colorado? Rules, Regulations, and Places

A Guide to Recreational Weed in Colorado

(Updated September 2020)

The Cannabis industry in Colorado has been growing steadily since it was legalized in 2012, with an increase in numbers of places where you can buy and enjoy cannabis. In Colorado, there is a distinction made between medicinal and recreational cannabis use, with different laws attached to them. Colorado is seeing an increased number of tourists, who are looking to take advantage of these changes, but it is important that you know the facts. Here are some very helpful Colorado recreational marijuana

Where Can I Smoke in CO FAQs

How Can I Find Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries?

There are now more than 320 recreational marijuana stores in Colorado, but while the state law says that you can legally sell cannabis between 8 am and midnight, cities can impose their own laws within those limits. For example, in Denver, vendors may only sell marijuana until 7 pm.

You must be 21 years old and above to legally purchase marijuana. If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, you will need to apply for a medical card to do a purchase. Only those who are residents of Colorado can apply for a medical marijuana card while you do not have to be a resident to purchase recreational marijuana. It is also not legal to buy marijuana from an unlicensed source. Medical marijuana patients may purchase and possess 2 ounces of marijuana at a time.

There are still some cities in Colorado which don’t allow recreational marijuana stores, so if you are planning a trip to the state and hoping to be buying cannabis, you might want to check out which cities are actually allowing stores. Use our helpful weed map to find a dispensary in a city near you to find Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries and Medical Marijuana Dispensaries.

Here is a place where you can buy marijuana past 7 p.m: Life Flower Dispensary LLC

Where Can I Smoke Weed in Colorado? A Guide to Colorado Recreational Marijuana Laws

Whether you prefer to smoke, vape or eat your cannabis, you can almost always find what you are looking for. Legally, you (21 years old and above) are allowed to possess up to 1 ounce but non-residents are only legally allowed to buy ¼ ounce in one transaction – that’s not to stop you from visiting different stores though. The price of an ounce seems to be falling rapidly with the average price of a 1/8 ounce are anywhere from $80-$150 depending upon the strain of weed you choose.

While you are free to roam in Colorado with your personal stash, it is still illegal in our neighboring states, and the Police especially in these states pay particular attention to those who are crossing into their territory from ours. They use profiling techniques to target those who they think are likely to be in possession of cannabis, and will happily stop you and search you and your vehicle. So don’t bother taking a pot souvenir with you across state lines – it’s not worth it.

The US postal service also pays particular attention to packages leaving Colorado, so forget sending it out of state. :0

For the official rules and regulations visit Denver’s government page for the fine print on recreational marijuana laws in Colorado.

Can I Smoke Weed in Public in Denver Colorado?

At the moment the law does not allow the smoking of pot in public spaces or licensed public places. This includes transportation facilities, schools, public entertainment and amusement venues, parks and cafes located in an open space like a rooftop. Also, you cannot smoke marijuana indoors in any public areas like office buildings and restaurants. In Colorado, discretion is appreciated, and must be done in a private residence or a marijuana-friendly venue.

Some ‘private membership cannabis clubs’ have been springing up recently, where you can buy a one-day membership, and enjoy social smoking, chatting and chilling out in a relaxed atmosphere. The rules about these sorts of establishments are still not properly defined, so they are still not too easy to come by, but hopefully over the next few months we will see more definition, giving pot lovers more choice over where to enjoy a smoke.

Denver 420 Friendly Hotels / Marijuana-Friendly Hotels in Colorado

With the rise in the number of tourists who are coming to Colorado to enjoy a smoke and the small number of places where you can smoke, there is an increasing number of hotels which are declaring themselves ‘marijuana-friendly’. Hotels are allowed to decide for themselves whether they want to allow their guests to consume cannabis on their premises, but it seems to be an increasingly popular idea.

Hotel

Adagio B&B

“The first and premier 420-friendly hotel in Denver is a beautifully decorated six-bedroom Victorian lodge in the middle of the city.”

1430 Race Street Denver, CO, 80206, USA

303-870-0903

 

Arrowhead Manor

“Let Arrowhead take the stress away and enjoy a beautiful luxurious property with gorgeous mountain views. Smoke safely and securely with no problems*.”

9284 U.S. Highway 285 Morrison, CO 80465
303-738-8454

 

Holiday Chalet

“The hotel is located on Capitol Hill and has a home-cooked breakfast to die for and is Marijuana Friendly.”

1820 E. Colfax Denver, CO 80209

303-437-8245

 

Nativ Hotel Denver

A hip and trendy marijuana friendly hotel in downtown Denver has 16 unique rooms, some with private patio or rooftop areas.”

1612 Wazee Street Denver, CO 80202

720-485-6450

 

Tours

City Sessions Denver

City Sessions Denver is a cannabis lifestyle brand that specializes in private custom tours of the cannabis industry with an educational focus.”

720-250-8828
3377 Blake St Denver CO

 

Colorado Cannabis Tours

“Discreet bookings at boutique hotels, bud and breakfasts and nationwide chains. Vaporizer and smoke friendly rooms available. Rooms booked with down payments only, pay the rest when you arrive!”

1101 E Bayaud Ave, Unit #3007, Denver, Co 80209
303-420-8687

 

Loopr

“Hop from hotspot to hotspot around downtown Denver with the launch of our 420-friendly Green line – the safest, smartest way to enjoy all of Denver’s 420 culture and more aboard the ultimate consumption lounge.”

Denver, CO (Mobile)

303-816-8458

 

My 420 Tours 

“Riders can meet in 420 tours (3881 Steele Street) but all of the consumption is done elsewhere.”

Various locations
720-504-4420

 

Club

Club 64

“Club 64 has a list of seven 420 freindly bars and clubs that you can access by a user and password for the site.”

Location shared upon registration
303-816-3322

 

LOVA Canna

“LOVA is about living in the moment, expressing yourself, taking chances, and embracing life. We are an experience company and everything we do is made with love.”

3121 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206

303-309-0078

 

Speak Easy Vape Lounge

“A cannabis club in Colorado. Chill cannabis club with a full kitchen & munchie snacks, DJ tunes & games including pool & darts.”

2508 E Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80909, United States

719-445-9083

 

Studio 420

“A cannabis visitors center. Come here to find out all the great things to see while you’re in Denver!”

6125 Washington St, Denver, CO 80216

720-510-9095

 

Studio A64

“Studio A64 is an upscale private cannabis social club located in beautiful Colorado Springs.”

332 E Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

719-287-9057

Lounge

Tetra 9 Private Lounge and Garden

“Tetra cannabis club is Denver’s premier private consumption lounge.”

3039 Walnut St. Denver, CO 80205, USA
720-800-3011

 

The Coffee Joint

“The Coffee Joint is Denver’s first licensed cannabis-consumption business.”

1130 Yuma Court Denver, CO 80204
720-583-4657

 

The International Church of Cannabis 

The International Church of Cannabis’ mission is to offer a home to adults everywhere who are looking to create the best version of themselves by way of the sacred plant.”

400 S Logan St. Denver, CO 80209

303-800-5644 

 

Event Space/Private Facility

Cultivated Synergy

“Cultivated Synergy is a private event space without the need of membership to get in.”

2901 Walnut St. Denver, CO 80205

720-316-3541

 

Summit Recreational Retreat

“Colorado’s First Luxury Private Cannabis Facility”

Private location in Parker
303-841-7050

Urban Sanctuary 

It is not a lounge but a pot friendly private event space that holds pot-infused shindigs once in a while.”

2745 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205
303-993-2420

Night Clubs/Bars
Capitol Cigars

Capitol Cigars is Denver’s finest Cigar Bar and Retail Shop, just blocks away from the State Capitol.”

919 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218

303-832-2440


Dog Haus Biergarten

The Absolute Würst – Gourmet Hot Dogs, Sausages, Burgers, Chicken Sandwiches, Craft Beer and Full Bar”

303-353-4385
8316 E, Northfield Blvd Ste 1610, Denver, CO 80238

 

Kavasutra Kava Bar

“Kavasutra is America’s finest Kava Bar serving only the most premium kava.”

1232 E Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80218

303-997-7235

LaConte’s Clone Bar & Dispensary

“Everyday dispensary for everyday people”
105 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203

303-292-2252

Stoney’s Bar and Grill

Well, we want you to be able to still enjoy Stoney’s even while we all need to stay home.”
1111 Lincoln St Capitol Hill Denver, Co 80203

303-830-6839


Temple Nightclub

“Temple is an opulent nightlife destination with performances from world renown DJs with premiere VIP service.”
1136 Broadway Denver, CO 80203

303-309-2144

Shops

Cheba Hut Toasted Subs

What really sets Cheba Hut apart, though, can only be experienced in our shops. We combine homegrown food with real people in a relaxed environment.”

1531 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204, United States

720-974-1880

Dispensary

Herban Underground

Denver’s Most Distinctive Dispensary”

70 Broadway St. Denver, Colorado 80203

720-343-4372

 

LoDo Wellness Center

LoDo Wellness offers an exceptional personalized touch and is Denver’s most distinguished dispensary in the Lower Downtown Historic District.”

1617 Wazee St Unit B Denver, CO 80202

303-534-5020

 

The Giving Tree of Denver

We have Colorado’s LARGEST EDIBLE selection and have been around for over 10 years serving our community. We thrive to put a smile on every face.”

2707 W 38th Ave. Denver, CO 80211

303-477-8888

Denver Recreational

“From our weed to wax you will notice the difference!”

2117 Larimer St Denver, CO

303-296-2093

Euflora

We proudly carry only the most premium Cannabis flower, edibles, concentrates, vaporizers, topicals and CBD products.”

403 16th St Denver, CO 80202

303-534-6255

Botanico

“We are one of the most reviewed and highest rated dispensaries in the USA. We are consistently part of the conversation as one of the best dispensaries in Colorado.”

3054 Larimer St. Denver, CO
303-297-2273

 

Pure Marijuana Dispensary

“Denver’s Best Recreational & Medical Marijuana Dispensary”

1133 Bannock St Denver, CO 80204

303-534-7873

 

Northern Lights Cannabis

“Best dispensaries and grows in Colorado”

2045 Sheridan Blvd, Denver, CO

303-274-6495

 

Oasis Cannabis Superstore

“We have the best cannabis strains in Denver, Colorado. We have more cannabis strains than any other cannabis dispensary in Colorado.”

5440 W 44th Ave, Mountain View, CO 80212

303-333-3338

 

Kind Love Dispensary

“Kind Love is dedicated to excellence in every aspect of cultivating cannabis -from caring for a young seedling to crafting an exquisite, pure, and safe product for you.”

4380 E. Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80246

720-390-3600

 

The Dab Downtown by Silverpeak

“Here at The Dab by Silverpeak we are all about providing top-of-the-line cannabis products at the most affordable prices.”

2748 W Alameda Ave, Denver, Co 80219

303-936-5983

 

Rocky Mountain High Dispensary – LoDo

“Rocky Mountain High is Colorado’s line of premier, upscale medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries.”

Serving Denver and the Surrounding Area

303-623-7247

 

Silver Stem Fine Cannabis – Denver East
Silver Stem is proud to be setting the standards for Fine Cannabis. Our unique growing techniques passed down from generations allow us to cultivate the finest marijuana available.”

8151 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220

303-321-3100

 

Good Chemistry

“We’re deeply grateful to be living and working at a time that we can make a positive impact on people’s health, safety, freedom and overall well-being.”

330 East Colfax Avenue Denver, CO 80203

720-524-4657

 

Restaurant

Ganja Gourmet

“Welcome to the legendary GANJA GOURMET, America’s First Legal Marijuana Restaurant and one of Colorado’s first Medical Marijuana Dispensaries!”

1810 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80210

303-282-9333

 

Others

Spectra Art Space

Gallery

“This marijuana friendly gallery is also known for giving a venue to local artists, chefs and musicians.”

1836 S Broadway Denver, CO 80210

720-535-7244 


Urban Putt

Indoor golf course

“Urban Putt offers guests a fun, only-in-Denver experience with top-notch food and drinks, and a fantastical, high-tech 14-hole mini-golf course.”

1201 18th St, Denver, CO 80202

720-360-3020

 

The luxurious Arrowhead Manor is one of Colorado’s best and most famous romantic getaways. On the outskirts of the city, you can really relax and enjoy the stunning views.

It is worth noting that there are hotels who declare themselves to be ‘cannabis-friendly’ but still have rules about where you can smoke. It is important to understand this when you are deciding on where to stay, and of course where to smoke – and some would expect discretion and respect for their other guests. There are also, however, some hotels which openly, almost ‘encourage’ consumption and who let you smoke in a number of different areas.

It should also be noted, that even if your room has a balcony, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can smoke your weed there.

Another option for visitors who are looking for pot-friendly accommodation is to rent a private apartment. The websites above can also provide details about non-hotel lodgings which are available for hire.

Whether you are visiting Denver specifically as a cannabis vacation, or just hoping to indulge in the recent law changes, the selection and quality of marijuana that you’ll find in Denver mean that it will be totally worth it. By knowing the laws and your rights, and consuming in the right way in the right place, you are guaranteed to have the time of your life and already planning your trip back.

***** The statements made in this article are not legal or medical advice or intended to be used as such. Always check local laws and regulation to make sure you are in compliance*****

Where Can I Smoke Marijuana in Colorado (FAQ)

Where can I purchase marijuana or other marijuana products?

Marijuana and other marijuana products can be purchased from licensed retailers that are approved by the Colorado Department of Revenue and the local municipality.

How old do I have to be to purchase, possess, or consume marijuana?

Only individuals who are 21 years old or older can purchase, possess, or use marijuana or marijuana products. It is illegal to give or to sell retail marijuana to people under 21 years old.

Where can you legally smoke marijuana in Colorado?

Back in 2012, recreational marijuana was legalized in the state of Colorado. Since Colorado was one of the first states to legalize the product, many people assume that you can consume marijuana pretty much anywhere. However, there are many regulations for consumption. For example, although you purchase marijuana from licensed retailers, it is actually illegal to smoke at these stores. You also cannot smoke in public areas which include parks, movie theaters, sporting events, and public transportation. In addition, you can’t smoke marijuana while in a vehicle. Although you cannot smoke in a car, you are allowed to have weed in your vehicle. It just has to be in a sealed container just like with alcohol.

You can only smoke in private areas such as your private residence and, sometimes, hotel rooms. Double-check with the hotel front desk on their rules for smoking since they vary between locations.

How much pot or marijuana can you buy in Colorado?

In the past, Colorado law has placed different regulations on residents and visitors when it comes to how much marijuana can be purchased. However, as of now, visitors are able to purchase the same amount of marijuana as a Colorado resident. A person 21 years old or older with a valid ID can buy up to 1 ounce of marijuana. An adult with an out-of-state ID can purchase up to 1 ounce as well, but only by one-quarter of an ounce at a time. Keep in mind that the one-ounce restriction only applies to flower marijuana. For concentrates (shatter, wax, etc.), 8 grams is equivalent to 1 ounce of flower. For edibles, 800 milligrams is equivalent to 1 ounce of flower.

How do I purchase marijuana in Colorado?

The process of purchasing weed or marijuana is pretty much the same as buying alcohol. You are required to present a valid government-issued ID to show that you are over the age of 21. Then, you can purchase marijuana up to the legal amount of 1 ounce or one-quarter of an ounce at a time with an out-of-state ID.

How much can I purchase from a marijuana retailer?

Both residents and people who are not residents of Colorado are limited to purchasing no more than 1 ounce of marijuana. However, in Colorado, adults who have an out-of-state ID can only purchase up to one-quarter of an ounce of weed at a time.

Can anyone buy weed or marijuana in Colorado?

The only limitation when it comes to buying weed is your age. Anyone who is 21 years old or over can purchase, possess, and consume marijuana in Colorado. The rule of being over the age of 21 applies to both residents of Colorado and visitors when it comes to possession, purchase, and consumption in the state.

How will I know if a product contains marijuana?

If a product contains marijuana, the packaging should display a specific symbol mandated by the Department of Revenue. The symbol is used to indicate that the product within the package contains retail marijuana, a product that includes retail marijuana, or retail marijuana concentrate. The use of the symbol was part of an initiative aimed at children. Educational programs were intended to teach children, who could not yet read, to recognize and to understand the meaning of the symbol, and then avoid the product. Additionally, the symbol was geared toward adults who were unable to read ingredient labels (i.e. non-English speaking individuals) to inform them of the presence of retail marijuana or its concentrates. This marijuana symbol is only applicable to retail marijuana. Currently, medical marijuana and medical marijuana products are not mandated to display this symbol on their packaging.

Can you smoke weed in public in Colorado?

Any adult 21 or older can buy, possess, and consume marijuana legally. Despite the legalization of weed in Colorado, there are still regulations when it comes to where you can smoke it. The main thing to remember is that you cannot smoke marijuana in any public space. This includes playgrounds, bars, vehicles, concerts, and occasionally, hotels. On the other hand, you are allowed to smoke weed in private areas like your home.

Is it legal to smoke marijuana in my hotel room in a state where recreational weed is legal?

If you are in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana (California, Illinois, Colorado, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, Michigan), you are allowed to possess personal amounts of weed in public. These amounts vary by state, with the lowest amount being half an ounce. When it comes to smoking recreational marijuana, laws state that it is legal to smoke on private property, but not in public areas. For the most part, hotels are public, but hotel rooms are private. Due to this nature, rules on smoking in hotel rooms vary by hotel. Contact the front desk to verify whether you are allowed to smoke.

Can I give or sell marijuana to someone under the age of 21?

No, it is illegal to give or sell retail marijuana to anyone under the age of 21. Only individuals 21 years old or older are allowed to purchase, possess, and consume recreational weed.

Are there limited hours of operation of retail marijuana businesses?

Yes, retail marijuana businesses are only allowed to be open between 8 AM and Midnight. These rules vary depending on your area so your municipality may have stricter hours of operation for marijuana businesses. Check with your local laws to clarify hours of operation.

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