Colorado Legislature Doubles Marijuana Possession Limit

he Colorado Legislature has approved a bill that would double the legal amount of recreational marijuana that adults 21 and older can possess, from 1 to 2 ounces.

House Bill 1090 cleared its final state Senate vote in late April, and now awaits the signature of Governor Jared Polis.

On top of doubling the recreational possession limit, HB 1090 qualifies convictions for up to 2 ounces of pot possession for record clearing; it would also wipe out former Class 3 marijuana cultivation felony convictions, as well as charges for growing more than twelve plants but fewer than 25. (Growing more than twelve plants would remain illegal for anyone without a medical marijuana card and extended plant count, however.)




Criminal Marijuana Offenses

Concerning certain criminal marijuana offenses.

2021 Regular Session

Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement

The bill eliminates the marijuana possession offense for possession of 2 ounces of marijuana or less.

The bill raises the limit for illegal possession of marijuana by an underage person from one ounce of marijuana or less to 2 ounces of marijuana or less.

The bill requires the court to seal a conviction record, without opportunity for the district attorney to object, for a marijuana possession offense that is otherwise not sealed, if the person files documents with the court that the person has not been convicted of a criminal offense since the final disposition of all criminal proceedings or release from supervision, whichever is later.


The bill allows a person who was convicted of a class 3 felony marijuana cultivation offense to petition to have his or her conviction record sealed.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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