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This site is intended to be an informational overview of marijuana laws in Fort Collins but it is up to each individual to understand and follow the law. This site is not providing medical advice about the health and safety risks of marijuana consumption or legal advice on compliance with all applicable laws.


The City of Fort Collins is considering additional regulations to address non-business related marijuana growing in warehouses and other non-residential buildings. The goals of these regulations would be to clearly delineate who is responsible for plants, ensure proper fire hazard and safety measures, and prevent nuisance odors and issues. These regulations would not impact licensed businesses but would apply to caregivers and those growing for their personal use. Please provide any feedback or ideas below. For questions contact

The City will host an open house on this topic Thursday, October 2, at the Downtown Library from 4:30-6PM.

Medical Marijuana

During the November 2012 election, Fort Collins voters passed Initiative 301 allowing medical marijuana centers in Fort Collins. Initiative 301 placed a cap on the number of medical marijuana centers in Fort Collins, but allowed any businesses previously licensed in Fort Collins to exceed the cap. Applications were accepted from previous business owners during January 2 to April 2, 2013. Because the number of previous businesses applying for center licenses exceeded the cap, no additional applications for medical marijuana centers are being accepted.
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Retail Marijuana

Also in November 2012, voters state-wide passed Amendment 64 allowing the recreational use of marijuana and establishing a framework for retail businesses.

On March 18, 2014, Council adopted a series of ordinances relating to retail marijuana, including licensing provisions for retail marijuana stores, cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, and testing facilities.
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Contact Information

General Questions - Ginny Sawyer at or 970-224-6094.

Staff cannot provide any legal advice, including whether or not a business model may or may not work in Fort Collins. Please read the ordinances and consult your own attorney.  Staff also cannot direct you to local businesses for purchase.