Marijuana Laws

Marijuana Laws

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

In 2012 Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 which made the possession, consumption, and retail sale of marijuana legal.

In 2013 the Steamboat Springs City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the “open and public” consumption of marijuana.

State and local laws allow individuals 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana in the State of Colorado. It is illegal for persons under the age of 21 to consume or possess marijuana unless they have a valid medical marijuana card. The possession limit for out of state visitors or non-residents of Colorado is 1/4 of an ounce.

It is unlawful to consume or openly possess marijuana on any public property. This means you cannot consume marijuana on any public street, sidewalk, park or any place of public accommodation. It is also unlawful to consume or openly possess marijuana on any private property that is open to the public, including private businesses that are open to the public such as grocery store and hotel parking lots. Open and public does not apply to private residences or private property not open to the public. Please check with your landlord, property owner or lodging property manager prior to consuming marijuana on any property not owned by you. Marijuana is still illegal on a federal level, and it is illegal to consume marijuana on federal land, which includes Steamboat Ski Area.

Driving while stoned is against the law. Do not smoke, drink, eat or consume marijuana or THC and drive. In addition to it being illegal to drive while impaired by marijuana, in 2013 Colorado also set a “Per se” limit of 5 nanograms. What this means is anyone driving with 5 nanograms or more of THC per milliliter of blood is presumed to be Driving Under the Influence.

Lodging Properties Fact Sheet on Marijuana (PDF)

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