Because Colorado was the first state in America to legalize recreational marijuana in November 2012, people sometimes think this is the land where anything goes in relation to smoking weed. This is just not the case in Northern Colorado or elsewhere.

The use of recreational marijuana was approved in Amendment 64 of the Colorado Constitution, but that doesn't mean people can light up anywhere, especially in public places.

Get our free mobile app

Smoking Marijuana in Public in Colorado

Laws pertaining to marijuana use vary from county to county in the state of Colorado. The use of recreational marijuana is OK in a private residence in Colorado if you are 21 or older. It is not legal to use marijuana in public without a special permit.

This means using marijuana in public at a concert venue is illegal and punishable as a misdemeanor with a fine of $100. Having an open container of marijuana in your vehicle could result in a ticket for $115.

It is illegal in Colorado to use marijuana in public parks, movie theaters, sporting events, and bars or restaurants. You are not allowed to use marijuana on public transportation either.

What Is A Social Pot Use Permit?

What is a social pot use permit in Colorado? This permit allows for a business or event to designate a space as a cannabis consumption area. Learn more about applying for these permits here. Social Pot Use Permits will not be issued for a location within 1000 feet of a school or daycare. The availability of these permits may vary from county to county.

LOOK: States That Enjoy Recreational Marijuana

A fun collection of facts and photos! Learn which states have legalized recreational marijuana and when, plus some weed facts you may have never known.

KEEP GOING: The World's Largest Outdoor Marijuana Retail Farm is in Colorado

Los Suenos Farms is located in Southwestern Colorado and is the world’s largest outdoor retail cultivator of marijuana in the world.

More From Retro 102.5