Colorado Drug Laws

Harm Reduction

Does the state permit access to clean syringes for people who inject drugs?

  • YES

Does the state have naloxone training & distribution programs available to the public at syringe exchange programs or other facilities?

  • YES

Does the state have a 911 Good Samaritan law?

  • YES

Does the state have legal methadone access?

  • YES

Marijuana

Are marijuana possession and use legal for medical purposes?

  • YES

Is there a government-regulated distribution system for medical marijuana?

  • YES

More information on medical marijuana:

What are the criminal penalties for marijuana possession?

Criminal Justice

How many people are arrested for a drug offense each year? 

  • 16,658

What are the racial disparities in arrest rates?

  • Total population: white: 89.5%, black: 4.4%.
    Drug arrests: 89% white, 11% black.

What happens to people’s voting rights when they become part of the criminal justice system?

  • Voting rights restored automatically after release from prison and discharge from parole (probationers may vote).