Being the first state to legalize cannabis for both recreational and medical uses, Colorado has had time to digest the topic. Its website regarding home grow laws regarding private plants sheds light on the topic from a governmental perspective. Also to be covered will be a quick overview on growing safely at home.

Let’s say you just picked up a great deal at You’re now curious what it’s like to live in a place where you’d be able to grow your own plants. Aside from some elbow grease, you’ll need to be certain you’re within the scope of what is considered legal.

The Colorado government website offers some great information you can take to the bank. The information regarding home growth laws can be found at The site not only has this information but all kinds of other great resources available that will answer nearly any question you may have, at least from a public policy standpoint.

The information presented in this article only pertains to the overall state laws and may not be reflective of individual municipalities and county level laws as they may have stricter legislation. This information also only pertains to recreational usage. Medicinal marijuana laws are different, but can also be researched online.

Generally speaking, you may have six plants per adult household member over the age of 21. Only three of the six may be flowering. Since Denver is a major metropolitan area it’s important to note that a total of twelve plants are permitted, regardless of the number of adult household members.

The plants must be kept in a locked area out of sight. In homes with minors, they must be locked in an area that’s inaccessible by the underage resident(s). If there aren’t any residents under 21, however, there may be a visitor in this age group, precautions are required to make the plants inaccessible.

The plants grown aren’t able to be sold to anyone and must be for personal use only. You must be licensed to facilitate larger grow operations that will sell products for use by others, with much more stringent regulations.

The state offers tips to grow your plants safely to avoid any health risks or other hazards such as a fire. The lights used to grow the plants should be installed by a licensed professional. This is obviously to reduce the risk of an electrical fire. Next, heat and moisture should be reduced by proper ventilation. A room with concrete or plastic walls is also recommended. This is to reduce the very serious health risk of mold forming.

Along the same lines of safety, any carbon dioxide generator used should be specifically for indoors. Pesticides and fertilizers should be natural and not contain harmful chemicals. If chemical products are used, the room attendant should immediately change and remove personal protective equipment before leaving the area to avoid contaminating any other parts of the house, which may also affect children and pets.

While home growing may seem like a great idea, it’s clearly a lot of work. These tips are among many that the Colorado state website publishes. There are other articles available regarding responsible usage, and which types of pesticides and growth supplements are best for the consumer and the environment. This website provides a well-balanced source of information and is definitely worth a look.

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