Last updated: March 12, 2020
Is marijuana legal in Colorado?
Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado. Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012.
The Colorado Amendment 64, which was passed by voters on November 6, 2012, led to legal sales beginning in January 2014.
Gov. Jared Polis (D), who consistently led the fight for federal marijuana reform during his time in Congress, is continuing to champion cannabis now that he’s running his state.
In early 2020, his administration rolled out a “roadmap” aimed at increasing the number of banks that serve legal cannabis businesses. He also announced an energy efficiency partnership between beer and marijuana companies that involves using carbon captured during the alcohol brewing process to grow cannabis plants.
And during his State of the State address last month Polis emphasized that “keeping Colorado the number one state in the nation for industrial hemp” is among his priorities for boosting the economy.