The First-Time Visitor’s Guide to Recreational Weed in Colorado

When you think of weed-friendly states, Colorado is probably one of the first to come to mind. The state has some of the most relaxed laws when it comes to the recreational use of marijuana, and it’s become a popular destination for tourists looking to sample the wares. If you’re planning a trip to Colorado and want to check out the local weed scene, here’s what you need to know.

It is legal for adults 21 and over to purchase and consume small amounts of recreational weed in Colorado. You do not need a medical card or any other special permit — just a valid ID proving your age.

There are some restrictions on where you can smoke, however. It is against the law to consume marijuana in public places, including on sidewalks, in parks, and in most businesses. Many hotels also have strict no-smoking policies, so be sure to check before you light up.

There are dozens of recreational dispensaries scattered throughout Colorado, so finding one should not be a problem. When you walk into a dispensary, you will be asked to present your ID before being allowed entry. Once inside, you can browse the various products available and ask the staff for recommendations. You will likely need to show your ID again at checkout.

Recreational dispensaries typically sell a variety of weed strains, edibles, concentrates, and topicals. Prices will vary depending on the product and the dispensary, but you can find products to suit nearly any budget.

Be sure to keep your weed purchases limited to Colorado — it is illegal to transport marijuana across state lines, even if you’re going to a state where it is legal.

Now that you know the basics, enjoy your time exploring Colorado’s thriving weed culture!