Marijuana plants must be kept in an enclosed, locked area that can’t be viewed openly. This means the plants can’t be outside.
Don’t forget that counties and municipalities can pass stricter laws. For example, Denver limits a home grow to 12 plants, even if there are three or more adults over age 21 in the residence. Be sure to check your local laws for specific details.
At homes with residents under 21, any marijuana grow area must be enclosed and locked in a separate space that minors can’t access.
The laws are different for medical marijuana consumers.
Coloradans can grow marijuana in their homes for personal use.
Up to six plants are allowed per Colorado resident over age 21, with as many as three plants flowering at one time.
At homes without residents under 21, extra precautions must be taken to make sure any visiting youth don’t have access to marijuana plants.
In a basement in Pueblo, Colorado, Capt. Leroy Mora with the local sheriff’s department shuffles through the artificial tropics of an illegal marijuana grow. In this stark-white room, a cobweb of electrical wiring powers rows of blowing fans and warm grow lights. 11 marijauna plants the size of Christmas trees are fed through a hydroponic system.
“I think it’s added a lot of work to what we do,” said Mora. “We’ve had instances where we would find an illegal grow but ever since it became legal we find it much more.”
As the investigations captain, this is Mora’s eighth illegal marijuana operation in the last month. His department estimates that with the cost of overtime and equipment, each one cost just over $2,000.