colorado weed growing laws

At homes with residents under 21, any marijuana grow area must be enclosed and locked in a separate space that minors can’t access.

Up to six plants are allowed per Colorado resident over age 21, with as many as three plants flowering at one time.

Marijuana plants must be kept in an enclosed, locked area that can’t be viewed openly. This means the plants can’t be outside.

The laws are different for medical marijuana consumers.

Don’t forget that counties and municipalities can pass stricter laws. For example, Denver limits a home grow to 12 plants, even if there are three or more adults over age 21 in the residence. Be sure to check your local laws for specific details.

Coloradans can grow marijuana in their homes for personal use.

At homes without residents under 21, extra precautions must be taken to make sure any visiting youth don’t have access to marijuana plants.

The law provides a statewide definition for social equity licenses, declaring that an eligible licensee is a Colorado resident who can demonstrate: (1) residency for 15 years in an area designated as an opportunity or a disproportionally impacted, according to the Marijuana Enforcement Division (“MED”), between 1980 and 2010; (2) the applicant or an immediate family member was arrested for or convicted of a cannabis offense; or (3) their household income does not exceed 50% of the state median income for their household, which the Colorado Department of Revenue determines each year.

Social Equity Program

The MED passed several new rules that went into effect in 2021, most simply being a codification of past practice.

New MED Rules effective in 2021

Under these new rules, marijuana growers can send their leftover stalks, leaves, and other unusable plant matter to facilities for anaerobic digestion, which is an accelerated composting process that captures the emitting gases. This is a superior method to composting because, while composting does recover nutrient value from the plant material, it still releases gases into the atmosphere. Biocharring is the process of burning plant material into nutrient-dense charcoal that can be used as a cultivation additive. Biomass gasification is a thermochemical conversion of plant matter into usable gases.