As it currently stands, prospective pot purchasers from outside Colorado face a few hurdles preventing them from partaking as prolifically as Colorado residents. Namely, the limits on buying weed without a Colorado ID. Residents can buy up to one ounce at a time, while visitors are only allowed to buy 1/4th of an ounce at a time. Nothing is stopping said visitors from hitting up multiple dispensaries in order to reach the legal limit for possession (one ounce), but it cannot be in one dispensary visit. The law is meant to prevent visitors from buying a bunch of weed all at once to take back to their home states.
Depending on the fate of a recently proposed bill, though, visitors would enjoy the same purchasing limits as current residents of the state. The bill has already passed the House and is waiting for Senate approval before it will reach Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk.
Why the change of heart?
Smurfing for Out-of-State Sale
Smurfing is a word used to describe the process of going store to store to stockpile marijuana in order to sell it on the black market. This is the central argument for limiting out-of-state visitors from buying as much weed as they want to up to the legal limit for possession.
But according to Colorado Sen. Cheri Jahn, smurfing for out-of-state sale has not been nearly as big of a problem as lawmakers once speculated it would be. Tell that to Nebraska and Oklahoma; we recently wrote about how the two states sued Colorado because, allegedly, there was a lot of marijuana crossing the border into their states, causing undue strain on their law enforcement. The Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuits in March on the grounds that there was no solid proof.
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