Colorado

How does your state measure up when it comes to establishing policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition?

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).