Children's Hospital Colorado

State and Federal Marijuana Laws

Recreational and medical marijuana in Colorado

In 2012, Colorado voters passed an initiative, Amendment 64, which amended the state's constitution to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults age 21 and over.

In 2000, the state's voters supported a separate constitutional amendment which legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Federal government still prohibits marijuana

While the state of Colorado and other states across the nation have legalized the use of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes, possession and use of marijuana is still prohibited by the federal government. Learn more about federal marijuana laws and marijuana laws in other states.

As a result of these laws in Colorado and at the federal level, many parents and families have questions about the legalization of marijuana. It is important to know the law and to help keep kids and teens healthy and safe.

Read how Children's Hospital Colorado supported and strengthened marijuana-related legislation with the primary goal of keeping kids healthy and safe.