Think Progress / By Nicole Flatow
Here are some key facts about the historic roll-out of legal marijuana.
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January 1 marked a high point for Colorado’s Amendment 64 — the first day recreational marijuana businesses can legally operate in the state. A little more than a year after Colorado passed its ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, individuals can for the first time sell, produce, and purchase marijuana legally, even without a doctor’s prescription.
But to both those eager to light up and those fearful of the consequences, it is worth remembering that there remain more restrictions on the marijuana industry than there are allowances, which proponents hope will better control the health and safety of the industry.
With Colorado’s law, federal law, and local law all affecting regulation, here are some key facts about Wednesday’s roll-out:
- In-state residents can only buy an ounce at a time. Out-of-staters are limited to 1/4 ounce.
- You may have to travel a long way to find a legal dispensary.
- Medical marijuana patients will have increased access.
Nicole Flatow is the Deputy Editor of ThinkProgress Justice. Previously, she was Associate Director of Communications for the American Constitution Society. Nicole has also worked for several legal and general circulation newspapers, including The Daily Record and The New York Law Journal, and was a legal fellow at Bread for the City, where she represented low-income D.C. residents in housing and public benefits matters. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and her B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Law from Binghamton University, where she was editor in chief of her campus newspaper