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The Ganjula Gauntlet: Skiing, Snowboarding and Smoking

By: Charles Feldmann, Esq.

Last winter, there were an estimated 7.1 million visits to one of Colorado’s twenty-five ski resorts.[1] This year, with the increase in snow and boost in the economy, that number is bound to increase. And with the passing of Amendment 64, Colorado is becoming famous, or rather infamous, for it’s recreational marijuana. Marijuana has always been a part of Colorado’s ski/ride culture, but is it actually legal? [2]


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The answer is no.[3] Twenty-two of Colorado’s twenty-five of ski resorts are on federal land.[4] In fact, 35.9% of land within the state of Colorado is actually Federal land.[5] Marijuana is still a schedule I substance under Federal Law.[6] As such, using marijuana in Colorado on Federal property could still land you in deep trouble.[7] [8] [9] Possession of marijuana on federal land can result in up to one year of jail time and a fine of $1,000.00 for a first offense.[10]

Therefore, before you jump on the ganjula or head off to a smoke shack, know the risks. And if you or someone you know is caught in possession of marijuana on Federal land, contact the Cantafio & Song PLLC criminal justice practice group at or discuss your rights moving forward.

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