How to Buy Marijuana in Colorado


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Marijuana is legal in Colorado and the marijuana tourism business is booming. People want to know how to legally buy marijuana in Colorado so if you are coming to Vail and want to partake of this new commodity, read on, for all you need to know. Recreational marijuana stores, known as Dispensaries are open for business, here’s what you need to know.

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How to Buy Marijuana in Colorado


In Colorado, if you are an adult 21 years of age or older, you can now legally possess

  • One (1) ounce of Flower – OR –
  • Eight (8) grams of Concentrate – OR –
  • 800 Mg of Edibles

You will need a government-issued identification to prove you are 21 years or older, so a driver’s license or passport is an absolute MUST.

Purchasing Limits

Both tourists and residents can purchase 28 grams in a single transaction.

Where Can You Smoke?

Once you make your first purchase of buds the next question is: “Where can I smoke my weed?” The new law does NOT permit the consumption of marijuana “openly and publicly.” So do NOT blaze while walking down the street, or in a hotel lobby. You can get a ticket for smoking Marijuana in public, it is very similar to open container laws for drinking in public. Discretion is appreciated, and usually required.

Driving Under the Influence

A new DUI law is in effect in Colorado which sets a legal limit for the amount of active THC in your system while driving. The legal limit is 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood. Don’t drive while under the influence. Also, the “open container” law in Colorado makes it illegal to possess marijuana in the passenger area of a vehicle. So if your passenger has an open container, a container with broken seals, or if there is evidence of consumption you will be breaking the law.

Not on Federal Lands

It is illegal to possess marijuana at National Parks, Forests, Monuments or other federal properties. Many ski areas are located on federal land (usually just the actual ski runs on the mountain). Possession of marijuana on federal land is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of $1,000 on the first offense.


The law allows residents 21 years of age or older to cultivate up to 6 plants, 3 of which can be in the flowering stage in an enclosed, locked space



What is Illegal?

  • Leaving Colorado with cannabis products
  • Consuming cannabis in public
  • Driving while under the influence of cannabis
  • Giving or selling cannabis products to minors
  • Mailing cannabis from Colorado out of state.  Buy a legal cannabis souvenir to take with you back home.

Keep in mind that laws do change so, please use this information only as a guideline and confirm all information with a knowledgeable marijuana dispensary employee or Marijuana Tour Guide for all current laws regarding marijuana.

OK, so now you know the rules and you are ready to buy some green bud and enjoy your first legal, 420 smoke session, where do you go?

Vail Valley Marijuana Dispensaries

High Country Healing in Avon

At HCH, their philosophy is small-batch, large-variety, handcrafted cannabis. They grow 50 cannabis varieties with a range of prices to suit every budget and invite you to PYOB: Pick Your Own Bud! No prepackaged flower here.

Native Roots in Eagle-Vail

Native Roots is the #1 marijuana dispensary in Eagle-Vail and caters to both medical and recreational marijuana customers. They offer a variety of cannabis products including, bud, edibles, topicals, wax, shatter, cannasap, and bubble. Their Bud Tenders will answer all your questions about how these products are used and what benefits they offer.

Rocky Road Remedies in Eagle/Vail

Offering a premium Marijuana dispensary for both medical and recreational users. They boast a knowledgeable staff, high quality growers and selection of buds, edible cookies, topical patches and creams, pain relief lotions, salves, teas, concentrates, and much more. Let them tell you all about their products.

Roots Rx in Eagle-Vail & Edwards

Roots RX offers a unique service in addition to their high-quality products of flowers, extracts, edibles, topicals, pre-rolls, tinctures and more. They have a FREE valley-wide Cannabis Shuttle Service. This means they will come pick you up and take you to their store and help you get your Colorado Mountain High in a Hurry. The free shuttle transports groups of up to 13-people.

Sweet Leaf Pioneer in Eagle

Sweet Leaf Pioneer is a medical and recreational marijuana provider in Eagle, Colorado. This Dispensary is conveniently located near the Eagle County Regional Airport. They are happy to explain all the medicinal and recreational benefits of all of their products.

Tumbleweed Avon & Edwards

Tumbleweed has seven convenient locations—including the world’s first drive-thru dispensary—serving the Colorado high country with the finest green bud, edibles, topicals, and everything in between. The amount of product can be overwhelming for first-timers so don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions.

What To Expect?

First, expect lots of security. Dispensaries are often cash-only businesses so you can’t just walk in, you will need to ring a buzzer at the dispensary, and you’ll need to show photo ID. Expect surveillance cameras as state law requires that dispensaries record who’s buying and selling.

Bring Cash, few dispensaries will accept any form of payment other than cash.

When buying weed you will be presented with a menu (like a restaurant) with dozens of marijuana strains to choose from, along with edible products, concentrates, wax, shatter and more. First-timers can easily be overwhelmed so take your time and ask lots of questions. The person behind the counter, the “Bud Tender” is there to help you.

Now you know how to buy marijuana in Colorado; you know the rules, what to expect and where to buy it, so enjoy this new adventure and go have FUN!

Marijuana & CBD

CBD and traditional Marijuana are very different cannabis items and are used in different applications.

Traditional Marijuana contains THC, this natural psychoactive compound creates the” high” sensation that we are all familiar with. This high can be achieved by smoking marijuana. It’s is also found in oils, edibles, tinctures and capsules. THC is usually used recreationally for relaxation and to reduce anxiety and stress.

CBD is extracted from cannabis plants that contain less than 0.3 percent THC, so it does not create a “high” or euphoric feeling.  CBD is sold as gels, gummies, oils, supplements and extracts.  It is well-tolerated by the body and is used medicinally for a variety of ailments including:

  • inflammation
  • pain/muscle stiffness
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • nausea
  • migraines

Keep in mind that both marijuana and CBD are legal in Colorado but if you travel with cannabis-related products, to any other place where these products are illegal , you could face legal penalties. Also, know that both compounds will show up in a drug test, so be aware.



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Please leave any comments about how YOU buy Marijuana in Colorado, your feelings about Colorado’s Marijuana Industry or if you have any experiences with any of these dispensaries and tours. We would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.


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  • I live in Canada but plan to come to Colorado in the spring. This article gave me a lot of information. I am very interested in the Dispensary Tour as I have never bought marijuana before and have no idea what I would need to do.  I love that I would have a "guide" to help tell me what I need to do and what questions to ask. Thank you for sharing this informative article with all of us.

    • Hello and thanks for your comment and I hope you have a wonderful time visiting Colorado.  Yes Colorado Marijuana Dispensary Tours are very informational, fun and personalized to what you want and need.  Don't worry to much about not knowing anything.  Lots of people who come are in the same boat. The Budtenders at the Dispensaries  are there to help and guide you through your purchase. "Budtenders" are people who work at the dispensary counter that are trained to answer all your questions and can help you even if you don't know what questions to ask.

  • Great article about what is legal and illegal about Colorado Marijuana . I have cousins who live in a Colorado and I like to visit them every year. Although my brother smokes marijuana in public, I would not do that. I do have a question, I want to ask is it somehow possible to transfer marijuana outside of Colorado legally?

    • Hello Daniel,

      Thank for your comments.  Please do not smoke pot in public, it is illegal and you can get in trouble for doing that so please make sure you tell your brother that too.  Marijuana can only be smoked on private property (with the owners approval) and it is best done discreetly. 

      To your question, no, currently there is no way transfer marijuana outside of Colorado, that is illegal and you can get in a lot of trouble.  It is only legal in the state of Colorado. 

  • This was a very interesting post. I wonder if  smoking legal marijuana in public is considered a crime?  Alss for a newbie like me, which dispensary would you recommend as the best option? If I were to step into  a dispensary, I wouldn't know anything about the different strands of weed. So I would basically need an entire walk-through.

    • Hi Jasmine,

      Great questions, thank you.  First off, you must remember that although pot is legal in Colorado, smoking or ingesting it in public is a big no-no.  It is illegal unless you are on private property where the owner approves its usage.  

      To your second point, don't worry about being a newbie. The people who work at the dispensaries are use to working with newbies. They love to talk about pot, and different strains, edibles, waxes, shatters, flowers, extracts and they will explain EVERYTHING and walk you through a successful purchase. All the dispensaries are knowledgeable and trustworthy, you can't go wrong with any of them although I do love Roots RX shuttle service where they will actually pick you up and if you don't have a place where you can safely smoke your new product you can do so in their shuttle.


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