Drug Crimes

In Colorado, drug crimes are regulated under the Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) and are classified based on the type and quantity of the controlled substance involved. In Colorado, the drug laws and crimes are governed by both state and federal laws. Here are some common drug crimes in Colorado:

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (CRS 18-18-403):

This offense occurs when a person knowingly possesses a controlled substance, such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, or prescription drugs without a valid prescription. The severity of the charge can vary depending on the specific substance and the quantity involved.


Possessing illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, ecstasy, or prescription drugs without a valid prescription is illegal in Colorado.

Possession of a Controlled Substance in a School Zone (CRS 18-18-407):

This offense involves possessing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, university, or other educational facility. The proximity to a school zone enhances the severity of the charge.

Possession with Intent to Distribute:

If a person is found to have a certain quantity of drugs in their possession, along with other evidence such as scales, packaging materials, or large amounts of cash, they may be charged with possession with intent to distribute. The specific quantities and circumstances vary depending on the type of drug.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (CRS 18-18-428):

This offense involves possessing equipment, products, or materials used for manufacturing, distributing, or using drugs. Examples include pipes, syringes, bongs, or other items primarily intended for drug-related activities. Possession, sale, or distribution of drug paraphernalia, such as pipes, bongs, syringes, or other equipment used for drug consumption, is illegal in Colorado.

Possession of Marijuana by a Person Under 21 (CRS 18-18-406.3):

While recreational marijuana use is legal for individuals aged 21 and above in Colorado, it remains illegal for individuals under the age of 21 to possess marijuana, with certain exceptions for medical marijuana patients.

Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute (CRS 18-18-405):

This offense occurs when a person possesses a controlled substance with the intention of selling, distributing, or manufacturing it. The severity of the charge depends on the type and quantity of the substance, as well as evidence indicating an intent to distribute.

Drug Trafficking (Section 18-18-405):

Drug trafficking involves the transportation, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs across state lines or within Colorado. It is considered a serious offense, and penalties can be severe, particularly if large quantities of drugs are involved.

Cultivation or Manufacturing (18-18-405 and 18-18-406):

Growing or producing illegal drugs, such as marijuana or methamphetamine, is illegal in Colorado. However, it’s important to note that marijuana cultivation is legal for personal and commercial use within the regulations set by the state.

Prescription Drug Fraud (18-18-415):

Illegally obtaining prescription drugs through fraud, forgery, or deceptive means is a crime in Colorado. This includes activities such as doctor shopping, altering prescriptions, or selling prescription medications.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) (42-4-1301):

Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, including marijuana, is illegal in Colorado. The state has specific legal limits for the presence of certain drugs in a person’s system while driving.

It’s important to note that drug possession laws in Colorado have been influenced by the legalization of recreational marijuana. Possession and use of marijuana within certain limits and guidelines are legal for individuals aged 21 and above. However, possession of marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

If you are facing drug possession charges or have specific legal concerns, it is advisable to consult with a criminal defense attorney in Colorado who can provide you with accurate and up-to-date legal advice based on your situation.

It’s important to note that laws and penalties can change over time, so it’s always a good idea to consult the most up-to-date Colorado state laws or consult with a legal professional for specific information and advice.

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