And charges that get dismissed can be sealed immediately. 6
People in the marijuana business who violate the law face not only criminal penalties. There also may be civil penalties imposed by the applicable agencies and the Department of Revenue. 8
Colorado law permits adults 21 and older to grow up to 6 marijuana plants, with no more than 3 being mature plants. Homes with two or more adults can have no more than 12 marijuana plants. A first-time offense of possessing more than 12 plants is a level 1 drug petty offense, punishable by up to $1,000.
7. Can I be deported?
A subsequent illegal cultivation offense is a level 1 drug misdemeanor if there were no more than 24 plants. The sentence is six-to-18 months in county jail and/or fines of $500 to $5,000.
Colorado’s application fee for a cultivation facility is $4,000. The annual renewal fee depends on the number of marijuana plants. 9
Another potential defense is that the plants did not belong to the defendant, and the defendant exercised no physical control over them. Unless the defendant owned or possessed the plants, then the charges should be dismissed.
8. Are grow houses legal in Colorado?
Colorado marijuana law permits adults 21 and older to home grow up to six cannabis plants in a residence as long as:
Coloradans can grow marijuana in their homes for personal use.
The laws are different for medical marijuana consumers.
Up to six plants are allowed per Colorado resident over age 21, with as many as three plants flowering at one time.