This information is provided as an
overview of marijuana laws in Colorado and specifically of regulations in Avon. It is the responsibility of each individual
to understand and obey the laws and understand that consuming, selling and
cultivating marijuana continues to be illegal federally. This information is not medical advice
about the health or safety risks of consuming marijuana nor is it legal advice
on the compliance of retail marijuana laws. The information on this site reflects
the regulations in the State of Colorado and with the Town of Avon as they
exist on June 1, 2014.
Residents and Visitors
What is Colorado’s Marijuana Law?
November 2012, Colorado voters approved Amendment 64. The amendment became law
on Dec. 10, 2012. According to the law, adults 21 and older can possess up to
one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants privately.
Where can I consume marijuana legally?
of marijuana may be allowed in private locations providing it is not prohibited
by the property owner.
open or public consumption of marijuana is not allowed in the following
locations: public ways, streets, sidewalks, alleys, bicycle paths, trails, golf
courses, public buildings, parks, open spaces, parking lots, shopping centers,
places of business usually open to the general public, and automobiles or other
vehicles located on public property or public right of way. Generally,
anytime a person in public or outside a private residence can see another
person consuming marijuana, it is a violation.
Can I possess marijuana? And how much?
21 and older are allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of retail marijuana.
How much marijuana can I purchase at
residents 21 and older can purchase marijuana from a licensed retailer and
possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana at a time. Non-residents can purchase up to
¼ ounce at a time from a licensed retailer.
How old do I have to be to purchase,
possess or consumer retail marijuana?
must be 21 and older to buy, possess or use retail marijuana. It is illegal to give or sell retail
marijuana to minors.
What is the difference between medical and retail marijuana?
Only licensed retail marijuana stores may sell retail marijuana,
and only to those 21 and older.
Medical marijuana requires a state red card, which can only be
obtained by Colorado residents with a recommendation from a doctor that a
patient suffers from a debilitating medical condition that may benefit from
medical marijuana. Medical marijuana patients can obtain marijuana from a
licensed center, a primary care giver or self-grow. For more information about
medical marijuana, please visit the
Department of Public Health and the Environment.
Is there a DUI-like equivalent for driving under the influence of
Yes. It is illegal to drive under the influence of
marijuana and it can result in a DUI, just like alcohol. Anyone with 5
nanograms or more of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (known as THC) per milliliter
in whole blood (CRS 42-4-1301) or impaired to the slightest degree while
driving can be arrested for DUI. The consequences of DUI is dependent on the
driver but they can include fines, jail time and a revoked license.
Can I consume marijuana inside a smoke-friendly hotel room?
It is up to the discretion of the hotel if it allows marijuana smoke
to be consumed in their smoking rooms (the
Town of Avon smoking regulation limit all smoking to 10% of rooms). You should ask the hotel if they allow it.
Can I consume marijuana on Vail
Mountain or Beaver Creek Mountain?
Marijuana continues to be illegal under federal law. Consequently, consumption
of marijuana on U.S. Forest Service land, including Vail Mountain and Beaver
Creek Mountain, is illegal under federal law. In addition, Vail Resorts does
not permit the consumption of marijuana in or on any of its lifts, facilities
or premises under its control. Using ski facilities under the influence of
drugs or alcohol is against the law and a violation of the Colorado Ski Safety
Act. Those found in violation of the Colorado Ski Safety Act risk losing their
skiing and snowboarding privileges and, upon conviction, are subject to a fine
of up to $1,000.
Where can I purchase marijuana
regulations have been enacted that allow for retail sales by licensed
providers. There are no licensed retail marijuana outlets in the Town of Avon.
Unlicensed transactions, including selling marijuana to another person for a
price, is illegal.
What are some guidelines to help me
use marijuana responsibly?
choices for recreational marijuana use are similar to those for alcohol. If you
choose to consume marijuana, please do so responsibly, safely and prudently:
What other legislation regulates
smoking in Avon?
of Avon law prohibits smoking in public places, places of employment, outdoor
seating areas, service lines, recreational facilities, and smoking within a 25’
perimeter of a smoke-free area. Additionally,
County ordinance prohibits smoking in any chair lift/gondola line or
bar/restaurant patio area.
What is the penalty for violating
marijuana possession or consumption laws in Avon?
general penalties are as follows, with certain limited exceptions: Use of
marijuana in public is a petty offense.
Violation of possession limits vary between petty offense, misdemeanor,
and felony depending upon the amount of substance and circumstances.
Parents and Neighbors
the penalty for someone under the age of 21 who is caught possessing or
The penalty varies between a petty offense,
misdemeanor, and felony depending upon the amount of substance possessed.
legally give or sell marijuana to someone under the age of 21?
No. It is illegal to give retail marijuana to
anyone younger than 21.
I tell if my child is using marijuana?
According to the National Institute on Drug
Abuse, the following are common signs to look for if parents suspect their
child is using marijuana.1
For more information on the dangers of
under-aged marijuana use visit Official State of Colorado
Website for Retail Marijuana Information & Resources under the Parents tab or Denver Health.
should I do if I suspect or know my child has consumed marijuana?
Call the Poison Control Hotline at
1-800-222-1222 or if symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to the emergency room.
should I do if I suspect or know my pet has consumed marijuana?
Call your veterinarian. Pets should not consumer marijuana.
legally grow marijuana at home?
Yes. Adults can grow up to 6 marijuana plants
per person. However, no more than 12 total plants are allowed per residence
regardless of the number of adults living there.
should an Avon resident or visitor do if they see a violation of marijuana
Call the police non-emergency number at