State officials caution public about marijuana use during 4/20

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Grand Junction, Colo. -- April 20 is the unofficial holiday of marijuana enthusiasts. The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to remind patrons about the laws and partake responsibility.

Officials say it is important for Coloradoans and visitors to our state to know what is legal and what’s not. Everyone is encouraged to be safe this weekend and act responsibly.

CDOT, Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE), Revenue (DOR), Human Services (DHS), Public Safety (DPS) and the Governor’s office are reminding people that while marijuana may be legal, there are certain restrictions that must be followed for safety reasons.

- 21+, No exceptions. You must be age 21 or older to buy, possess or use retail marijuana and it is a felony to give or sell recreational marijuana to minors.

- Drive High, Get a DUI. It is illegal to consume marijuana on public roadways and any amount of marijuana use can put you at risk for a DUI. There is an open container law for marijuana. It must be sealed and not in the passenger area of a vehicle.

- Keep it in Colorado. It is illegal to take marijuana across Colorado lines and Denver International Airport prohibits possession, use, display and transfer of marijuana on its property.

- Not in public, please. Marijuana cannot be consumed in public. This includes indoor and outdoor restaurants and bars, concert venues, sidewalks, parks, schools, playgrounds and sporting venues.

- Keep kids safe. Avoid use of marijuana around children. To avoid accidents, all marijuana-containing products should be clearly labeled, stored in child-resistent container and locked in a cabinet.

The state has nearly 215 law enforcement officers that are highly trained in the detection of impairment by drugs, including cannabis. Their main goal is to keep impaired drivers off our roads.

Since recreational marijuana stores first opened, Colorado has continued to develop marijuana laws and regulations. In March, Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law a marijuana safe-packaging bill that enhances protection for children by requiring marijuana products be sold in child-resistent, opaque, re-sealable packaging, bringing medical marijuana regulations in alignment with retail marijuana regulations.

The State of Colorado recently launched a new website to answer common questions about the legalization of marijuana. Coloradoan and visitors are encouraged to visit the link below the article picture to get the facts on the new law and health effects of marijuana.

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