Colorado Governor signs new laws setting legal limits for recreational use of marijuana
POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 10:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A stack of new marijuana regulations became law in Colorado with the governor's signature Tuesday morning.
The first thing you need to know is don't use pot and drive.
A thc blood limit became law the moment the governor's pen hit paper... Which could make it a whole lot easier for a jury to convict you if you smoke, best advice is to wait and sober up.
"Delta 9 thc typically stays in the system for up to 3 to 4 hours... Again, sometimes maybe a little bit longer based on the type of ingestion and also the potency of the marijuana," said Colorado State Representative Mark Waller.
New laws also require police to get drug dui training, and there's now an open container law, just like alcohol.
Which brings us to the second thing to know... 21 means 21.
Giving pot to people under 21, and being under 21 with pot, are both against state law.
When some dispensaries convert to public pot shops on January 1st you'll need to be 21 to even set foot inside.
Also to protect kids the law requires advertising restrictions, child-proof packaging, and limits on how much thc can be in edible products.
Knowledge is power. Pot is going to be tested and labeled for thc content, which typically ranged from 5 to 15-percent by weight.
Much like liquor, you're going to know exactly how much drug you're getting.
And what happens in Colorado, stays in Colorado, pot cannot leave the state.
"At the end of the day it's a federal crime as soon as someone crosses state lines... It's drug trafficking in addition to a violation of that particular state's laws," said Colorado State Representative Dan Pabon.
To curb that problem, people with out state I.Ds will only be able to buy a fourth of an ounce of pot per purchase.