Marijuana in Boulder
This page is intended to provide you with a starting place for understanding legal marijuana in the City of Boulder. This is a guide and you should look at the referenced law for specific legal issues. See Marijuana Businesses for information about medical and recreational marijuana businesses in the city.
Marijuana City Codes
The City of Boulder’s municipal codes include different provisions than Colorado’s state laws, so review Boulder’s municipal codes before buying, using or growing marijuana in the city. Links to Boulder’s marijuana codes are below:
- General marijuana offenses by individuals
- Recreational marijuana businesses
- Medical marijuana businesses
- Marijuana is also called “cannabis” because the scientific name for the plant is cannabis.
- There are two categories of marijuana: medical and recreational.
- Recreational marijuana is also called retail marijuana.
- There are different terms used for stores that sell marijuana such as dispensaries, retail centers and wellness centers.
- There are four major types of licensed marijuana businesses in Boulder: 1) stores where product is sold 2) grows where marijuana plants are cultivated 3) manufacturing facilities where marijuana is extracted into concentrates and/or put into food 4) testing facilities that check THC content and check for harmful bacteria.
- Hemp is the same plant species as marijuana (cannabis) but hemp is defined in Colorado Amendment 64 as having less than 0.3 percent THC content.
- THC is the psychoactive part of marijuana that causes a “high” sensation.
- Concentrates can be extracted from marijuana plants or hemp plants. Concentrates extracted from marijuana plants can have much higher levels of THC than flower (bud) from a marijuana or hemp plant because the product is concentrated.
- Some common terms for marijuana concentrate are hash, budder, shatter and wax. These names often refer to the appearance or consistency of the concentrate.
- CBD oil is a concentrate that can be extracted from either a marijuana plant or a hemp plant.
- Concentrates can be heated and turned into vapor then inhaled or they can be added to food or drinks.
Frequently Asked Questions
21 years old.
Legal references: Colorado Amendment 64(1)(a); Colorado Marijuana Rule R402(A); BRC 6-16-8(b)(1); BRC 6-16-13(a)(1); and BRC 5-10-4(a).
18. If you are 17 or younger you must have a parent present.
Legal reference: Colorado Amendment 20(6).
No. You must have a valid government issued ID such as a driver’s license or passport.
Legal references: Colorado Marijuana Rule R404(A) and Colorado Marijuana Rule M405(B).
Up to six plants.
Legal references: BRC 6-14-13(a)(6) and BRC 6-16-13(a)(5).
No. You can only have a maximum of six plants per residence in the city of Boulder.
Legal references: BRC 6-14-13(a)(6); BRC 6-16-13(a)(5); and BRC 6-16-2 definition of “Possess” is related to total number of people in the residence leased or owned.
No. In the city of Boulder, more than six marijuana plants must be grown at a licensed medical marijuana business.
Legal reference: BRC 6-14-13(a)(6).
You can grow your legal number of marijuana plants inside your own residence or in another building you rent or own if the plants are grown in an enclosed and locked space. The State of Colorado defines “enclosed” to include covered. The city defines the enclosed space as within a building.
Legal references: Colorado Amendment 64(3)(b); CRS 18-18-406(3)(b); CRS 18-18-102, definition of “enclosed”; BRC 6-14-7(a); and BRC 6-16-7(a).
Only if the marijuana plants are grown in an enclosed and locked space within a building such as a shed.
Legal references: Colorado Amendment 64(3)(b); CRS 18-18-406(3)(b); CRS 18-18-102, definition of “enclosed”; BRC 6-14-7(a); and 6-16-7(a0.
You must first have city permits to alter your residence or build a structure with electrical, mechanical and/or plumbing fixtures.
Legal references: BRC 6-14-7(a); BRC 6-16-7(a); and BRC 10-5-2.
If there are minors who live in your house or visit your house, then the marijuana plants must be grown in a separate enclosed and locked space that the minors cannot access.
Legal reference: CRS 18-18-406(3)(b)(II)(A).
Only if you give the marijuana to an adult over 21 and you do not receive any sort of payment or favors in exchange for the marijuana. You cannot give away medical marijuana.
Legal references: Colorado Amendment 64(3)(c); CRS 18-18-406(5.5)(a); and BRC 6-16-13(a)(10).
Legal reference: CRS 18-18-406.6 and BRC 5-10-8.
Legal references: CRS 18-18-406(2)(b)(I) and BRC 5-10-7.
Legal references: BRC 3-17-3(g); BRC 6-14-13(a)(11); and BRC 6-16-13(a)(9).
Legal references: BRC 5-10-2(c); BRC 6-16-13(a)(2); and CRS 42-4-1305.5(2)(b).
Only if it is in the trunk or behind the last upright seat of the vehicle if there is no trunk and is not visible from a place open to the public.
Legal references: CRS 42-4-1305.5(2)(b) and BRC 6-16-13(a)(2).
No.Legal reference: Federal law.
Legal reference: CRS 42-4-1301(1)(a).
Only if it is a private residence and the area is fenced in.
Legal references: BRC 6-14-13(a)(2); BRC 6-16-13(a)(2); BRC 6-16-2; and BRC 6-14-2 definition of “Place open to the general public” relates to this.
Legal reference: BRC 5-10-2(b)(3).
Legal reference: Colorado Amendment 64(3)(d); CRS 18-18-406(5)(b)(I); and BRC 5-10-2.
Legal reference: CRS 18-18-406(5)(b)(I).
Legal Reference B.R.C. 5-10-6
Updated: Aug. 8, 2018