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

Recreational Marijuana Tourism

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.

 

Some hotels in Denver Colorado who have declared themselves to be ‘smoke friendly’, include:

Adagio B&B

1430 Race Street
Denver, CO, 80206, USA
(303) 370-6911 | (800) 533-4640
The first and premier 420-friendly hotel in Denver is a beautifully decorated six-bedroom Victorian lodge in the middle of the city. It has a fully stocked ‘bud bar’ with a selection of different marijuana to smoke and eat, as well as vaporizers to rent and cannabis-infused massage.

Highlands Bed and Breakfast aka Bud and Breakfast

37th Ave & Zuni St
Denver, CO 80211
Weed smoking is allowed in the garden area of this remodeled B&B (Bud and Breakfast) and there are vaporizer friendly rooms available.

Nativ Hotel Denver

1612 Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202

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

Holiday Chalet

1820 E. Colfax
Denver, CO 80209
303-437-8245
info@theholidaychalet.com
The Holiday Chalet is an AAA-rated hotel providing top-notch service for their guests, in a warm, charming and comfortable environment. The hotel is located on Capitol Hill and has a home-cooked breakfast to die for and is Marijuana Friendly.

Arrowhead Manor

9284 U.S. Highway 285
Morrison, CO 80465

(303)738-8454

Loopr

(303) 816-8458

Denver, CO
Loopr offers comfortable mobile cannabis lounges. They also have affordable application-based transportation services.

Studio 420

Denver, CO
Studio 420 allows you to consume flower, tobacco, and dabs indoors.

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Club History Vape Club

Colorado Springs, CO
Locally owned and operated by the Club History Vape Club Colorado with a capacity of 320 people.

Speak Easy Vape Lounge

Colorado Springs, CO
A cannabis club in Colorado

Studio A64

Colorado Springs, CO
A private cannabis social club

The Dab Lounge

Colorado Springs, CO
The Dab Lounge is a 420/710 friendly private members social club located in the middle of Colorado Springs.

The Coffee Joint

1130 Yuma Court
720-583-4657
The Coffee Joint is Denver’s first licensed cannabis-consumption business.

iBake Denver

6125 Washington Street
720-328-2350

iBake Denver is the first pot lounge in Denver.

Tetra 9 Private Lounge and Garden

3039 Walnut Street
720-800-3011

Tetra 9 opened its doors last February.

The International Church of Cannabis 

400 South Logan Street
303-800-5644 

It only allows marijuana consumption onsite during its Friday congregational gatherings or private events.

Arrowhead Manor

A marijuana friendly hotel

9284 Highway 285, Morrison
303-738-8454

Spectra Art Space

1836 South Broadway
720-535-7244 

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

Cultivated Synergy

2901 Walnut Street
720-316-3541

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

Urban Sanctuary 

2745 Welton Street
970-217-1587 

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

Studio420

Social Consumption Lounge

Marijuana smoking allowed on premises

808 East 78th Avenue
303-781-4642

Studio420 is a private club.

Summit Recreational Retreat

Private location in Parker
303-841-7050

An option for cannabis consumption social events and parties.

My 420 Tours 

Various locations
720-504-4420

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

Colorado Cannabis Tours

1101 East Bayaud Avenue
303-420-8687

Colorado Cannabis Tours operates out of private buses. They take riders to activities and tours in the metro.

Club 64

Location shared upon registration
303-816-3322

Club 64 keeps its location and information until you sign up.

For more directory of 420 hotels: https://www.coloradopotguide.com/marijuana-friendly-hotels/

Here are additions to the list:

Club Ned
184 Highway 72
Nederland, CO
(303) 258-7981
The Lazy Lion
2502 E. Bijou Street
Colorado Springs, CO
(719) 634-8337Studio 64
332 E Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO
Phone: (719) 930-9846e

Temple Nightclub

(303) 309-2144
1136 Broadway
Capitol Hill


Dog Haus Biergarten

(303) 353-4385
8316 Northfield Blvd
Stapleton


Urban Putt

(720) 360-3020
1201 18th St
Lodo


Capitol Cigars

(303) 832-2440
919 E Colfax Ave
Uptown

Public School 303
(303) 446-8671
1959 16th St
Lodo


Roo Bar

(303) 455-8700
3480 Park Ave W
Northwest

Serene Cuisine Of India
(303) 284-6584
2070 S University Blvd
University Park


The Brutal Poodle

(720) 379-6281
1967 South Broadway
Southwest

Stoney’s Bar and Grill
(303) 830-6839
1111 Lincoln St
Capitol Hill

The Grizzly Rose
(303) 295-1330
5450 N Valley HwyTop of Form

Dorchester Social
(303) 995-0157
1448 Market St
Lodo

Summit
(303) 487-0111
1902 Blake St
Lodo

 Fox Theatre
(303) 447-0095
1135 13th St
Top of Form

LaConte’s Clone Bar & Dispensary
(303) 292-2252
105 E 7th Ave
Capitol Hill

Kavasutra Kava Bar
(720) 708-5651
1232 Colfax Ave
Northeast

City Sessions Denver
(720) 250-8828
3377 Blake St
Five Points

Dead Hippie Brewing
(720) 446-7961
3701 S Santa Fe Dr

GroundSwell Cannabis Boutique
(303) 309-0078
3121 E Colfax Ave
City Park

Cheba Hut Toasted Subs
(720) 974-1880
1531 Champa St
CBD

Green Russell
(303) 893-6505
1422 Larimer St
Lodo

Herban Underground
(720) 343-4372

Ganja Gourmet
(303) 282-9333
1810 S Broadway
Southwest

The 1UP Arcade Bar – Colfax
(303) 736-2230
717 E Colfax Ave
Uptown

LoDo Wellness Center
(303) 534-5020
1617 Wazee St
Lodo

The Giving Tree of Denver
(303) 477-8888
2707 W 38th Ave
Northwest

Vine Street Pub & Brewery
(303) 388-2337
1700 Vine St
Northeast

Illegal Pete’s – South Broadway
(720) 287-5233
270 S Broadway
Speer

Terminal Bar
(720) 460-3701
1701 Wynkoop St
Lodo

Denver Recreational
(303) 296-2093
2117 Larimer St
Five Points

Euflora
(303) 534-6255
Serving Denver and the Surrounding Area

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
(303) 993-8023
1215 20th St
Five Points

Good Chemistry
(720) 524-4657
330 E Colfax Ave
Uptown

Botanico
(303) 297-2273
Serving Denver and the Surrounding Area

Pure Marijuana Dispensary
(303) 534-7873
1133 Bannock St
Golden Triangle

Northern Lights Cannabis
(303) 274-6495
2045 Sheridan Blvd

Oasis Cannabis Superstore
(303) 333-3338
5430 W 44th Ave

Kind Love Dispensary
(303) 565-3600
4380 E Alameda Ave
Southeast

Ballpark Holistic Dispensary
(720) 204-8388
Serving Denver and the Surrounding Area

 

Rocky Mountain High Dispensary – LoDo
(303) 623-7247
Serving Denver and the Surrounding Area

 

Silver Stem Fine Cannabis – Denver East
(303) 321-3100
Serving Denver and the Surrounding Area

Cheba Hut Toasted Subs
(720) 420-0806
638 E Colfax Ave
Uptown

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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