No. Per Section 53-42 of Article III of the Arvada City Code, non-medical marijuana businesses, including retail marijuana stores, may not be established within the city's municipal borders. It is prohibited for any person to operate, permit, or cause to be operated a marijuana dispensary in the City of Arvada. However, Arvada residents looking to buy adult-use marijuana may visit a dispensary (Berkeley Dispensary) located on Sheridan Boulevard between Highlands and the City of Arvada to purchase recreational cannabis.
No. According to Section 53-22 of Chapter 53 of the Arvada Code of Ordinances, no medical marijuana businesses, including medical marijuana dispensaries, are permitted within the municipal boundaries of Arvada.
No. You cannot purchase cannabis online from weed dispensaries in Arvada, as there are no approved dispensaries within the city's borders.
There are no dispensaries to visit in Arvada. However, Arvada residents typically visit the Berkeley dispensary located between Highlands Ranch and the City of Arvada to purchase recreational cannabis. When visiting the dispensary, consider the following:
Identification Check: You will be asked to present a valid government-issued ID to verify your age as a legal cannabis user. Only persons with valid government-issued IDs showing they are 21 or older will be allowed inside the dispensary
Consultation: The dispensary has staff on hand who are knowledgeable about the various products available and can help you in making informed decisions about what to purchase
Payment: You will be required to use cash to complete payment for any transaction done in the dispensary. Hence, prepare to use cash for payment and not a credit card
The City of Arvada prohibits the operations of cannabis dispensaries (medical and recreational) within its borders. It, therefore, does not have provisions for the regulations of such establishments in its code of ordinances.
Recreational cannabis is legal in Arvada under the Colorado cannabis legalization law – Amendment 64. Under Amendment 64, Arvada residents aged 21 or older can possess, use, and purchase limited amounts of marijuana and marijuana-derived products.
In Arvada, adults of legal age are allowed to possess up to one ounce (28.3 grams) of marijuana flower, and 8 grams of cannabis concentrates at a time. Marijuana products must be kept out of reach of children and stored in child-resistant containers. Marijuana may be purchased from licensed dispensaries. While there are no dispensaries in the city, residents may still purchase recreational cannabis from other Colorado jurisdictions. To buy marijuana or marijuana-derived products from a dispensary, you must present a valid government-issued ID to verify your age. Note that cannabis may be transported from other Colorado cities or municipalities to Arvada but not across state lines.
When transporting cannabis legally, it must remain in the original packaging and be kept away from the driver and passenger. Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal, as is cannabis possession on federal properties or in public places. Colorado recreational cannabis laws permit Arvada residents to cultivate up to six cannabis plants, with up to three plants in the flowering state. If two or more adults live in an Arvada household, they may cultivate no more than 12 cannabis plants there.
Residents of Arvada who are at least 18 years old and have a qualifying chronic and severe medical condition are legally allowed to use cannabis for medicinal purposes, with certain limitations. In order to use medical cannabis, individuals must be registered in the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry and have a current medical marijuana card issued by the CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment). This legal framework is established in Initiative 20, later codified in Section 16, Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution.
Not all conditions qualify for medical marijuana use in Colorado, but some approved conditions include cancer, HIV/AIDS, cachexia, and PTSD. To be eligible for medical marijuana, individuals must first obtain a medical cannabis certification from a licensed Colorado physician. Medical cannabis certifications and enrollment in the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry are not limited to individuals aged 18 years or older. Hence, Arvada residents under 18 can also access medical cannabis with the help of their approved designated adult caregivers, who must be Colorado residents. Minors in the city must also obtain medical cannabis certifications from two healthcare professionals attesting that they have qualifying medical conditions.
Patients who have obtained medical marijuana cards in Arvada are allowed to possess and consume up to 57 grams of usable cannabis at home. In addition, patients can grow up to six cannabis plants, with no more than three plants in the flowering stage at any given time. Sometimes, a patient may be eligible to grow more cannabis plants at home.
Obtaining a medical marijuana card in Arvada allows persons with certain qualifying medical conditions to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. In order to obtain a medical marijuana card, you must follow a specific process outlined by the state of Colorado.
First, you must obtain a written recommendation from a licensed physician stating that you have a qualifying medical condition that would benefit from the use of medical marijuana. In Colorado, some qualifying medical conditions include cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, cachexia, persistent muscle spasms or spasticity, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Other chronic or debilitating medical conditions that are not listed may also qualify if your physician determines that the use of medical marijuana would be beneficial.
Once you have obtained a written recommendation from a physician, you must complete an application to the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry. This application must be submitted to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) along with the appropriate fees. To commence the application, create an account on the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry portal. Then log in to the account and select "New" under patient registration.
After, complete the required fields and upload a PDF or JPEG copy of your current State of Colorado driver's license or any other Colorado ID card. Subsequently, select "save and submit patient application." You must include healthcare provider certification and cannabis cultivation information if you plan to cultivate cannabis at home. You must also pay the $29.50 application processing fee. If your household income is lower or equal to 185% of the Federal Poverty Level, you are eligible for a waiver of the processing fee. You must provide a certified State of Colorado tax return for the current tax year for the waiver to apply to your application.
Once the CDPHE has received the application, it will be reviewed to ensure that all necessary information is provided and that the individual meets the eligibility requirements for the Medical Marijuana Registry. Typically, medical marijuana card application reviews take one to three business days to complete. If the application is approved, the individual will get a medical marijuana card in the mail. This card is valid for one year and must be renewed annually.
Note that you may also complete your application by mail. To submit your application by mail, provide a:
Completed adult application form
A request for proof of residency waiver
A copy of your current Colorado ID or driver's license
A $29.50 check or money order made payable to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or a certified copy of the current Colorado Tax Return for an application fee waiver
Mail the completed application to:
4300 Cherry Creek Dr. S.
Arvada, CO 80246-1530
Processing mail-in medical marijuana card applications in Arvada may take up to eight weeks. If you submit your application by mail, you will receive your card or a letter when it becomes available. If you do not receive your card or letter within 35 days, you can contact the CDPHE Medical Marijuana Registry by email at email@example.com or by phone at (303) 692-2184.
If you are a homeowner, you are allowed to consume cannabis on your own property. However, if you live in a rented unit, it is important to check with the owner before consuming cannabis. Additionally, it is illegal to use cannabis in public places or multi-unit dwellings (such as apartment buildings).
There are no authorized dispensaries located in Arvada selling cannabis.
Cannabis is not sold within the borders of Arvada
Arvada does not have dispensaries selling cannabis. Hence, no legal purchases can be made from cannabis establishments in the city.
No. It is illegal to vape or smoke cannabis in public places, including streets, parks, and other areas that are open to the public.
In Arvada, adults are allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis or cannabis-infused products, 8 grams of cannabis concentrates, or 800 milligrams of THC in marijuana products. These limits apply to adults aged 21 and over. It is important to note that possessing more than these amounts is illegal, and doing so may result in criminal charges.
Shipping cannabis across state lines is illegal under federal law, regardless of the laws in the states involved. However, it is legal to transport cannabis within Colorado as long as it is done in accordance with state law. Hence, it is legal to transport cannabis within the state as long as it is kept in sealed containers and transported in the trunk of a vehicle. This applies to both the transportation of cannabis from one city in Colorado to Arvada and the transportation of cannabis from Arvada to another city in Colorado.
No. You may order cannabis online from dispensaries licensed to operate in other Colorado jurisdictions but not in Arvada, as there are no approved weed dispensaries in the city.
No. There are no 24-hour dispensaries in Arvada.
No. There are no dispensaries established within the borders of Arvada that tourists or locals may use.
Although an ID is required to purchase cannabis in Colorado jurisdictions, no cannabis retail outlets exist in the City of Arvada.
There are no approved marijuana dispensaries in the City of Arvada.
There are no cannabis dispensaries in the city.
No weed dispensaries may be established in the city pursuant to the Arvada Code of Ordinances.
There are no authorized cannabis businesses selling weed in the City of Arvada.
Although Colorado law permits cannabis buyers to visit multiple dispensaries in a day, there are no dispensaries located in the City of Arvada.
No. While dispensaries do not typically accept health insurance, no cannabis retail stores are approved to operate in Arvada.
Although Colorado cannabis law requires dispensaries to track weed purchases on their premises, there are no authorized retail outlets selling weed in the city.
Even though Colorado requires visitors to recreational cannabis dispensaries to be 21 or older and medical marijuana dispensary visitors to be 18 or older, there are no such cannabis establishments operating in Arvada.
The cannabis regulating agency in the City of Arvada is the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) of the Colorado Department of Revenue. You can find more information on the CDOR’s Marijuana Enforcement Division on the MED page of the CDOR website.
To report illegal marijuana operations in Arvada, you may file a report to the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division or contact the Arvada police department. You may contact the Arvada Police Department by submitting a crime tip online or calling the PD at (720) 898-7000.