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Changes in Colorado’s law may affect your marijuana supply

Like many in Colorado, you may have been excited when the state voted to legalize the use of marijuana, both medicinally and recreationally. If you have registered to use medicinal marijuana or you care for people who do, you likely welcomed the state's permission to grow your own plants. It saves you money and hassle.

Apparently, many in Colorado misunderstood the law that permitted the growing of as many as 99 marijuana plants in a residence. While the law specifically indicated that the 99-plant limit was exclusively for medical marijuana patients and caregivers, some took advantage of the permit to build commercial-grade growing operations in their homes.

Details in the new bill

Although Colorado and 28 other states have legalized the use of marijuana, the federal government still classifies it as an illegal narcotic. Allowing large quantities of plants to be grown privately has drawn the attention of the government. By enacting new restrictions, the state hopes to allow people like you to continue to grow your own marijuana without the interference of federal drug agencies. Proposed changes include the following:

  • You can't have more than 16 plants in your home.
  • The 16-plant limit includes marijuana for either your personal or medicinal use.
  • Local jurisdictions may have further restrictions on the number of plants allowed, so check the ordinances in your area.

Law enforcement has seen a rise in criminal drug activity in Colorado because of the 99-plant loophole. You may even know of people who were growing the drug legally, then selling it illegally. In fact, you may have gotten entangled in such a scheme yourself.

When trouble comes knocking

With the fast-changing marijuana laws in Colorado, you may find yourself caught up in law enforcement and federal efforts to reduce drug crimes. Whether you are growing marijuana for personal enjoyment or for medicinal use, your future may be in jeopardy if police arrest you for possession, distribution or cultivation of more than the law allows.

Having an attorney on your side means you will have an advocate with a history of successfully defending others like you who have been charged with drug crimes. A lawyer with experience handling drug offenses of every level will work to protect your rights and improve your chances of achieving a positive outcome for your circumstances.

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