Public MJ Use is Illegal but Seldom Punished

Aug 2, 2013

Den­ver police have writ­ten more tick­ets for pub­lic mar­i­juana use so far this year than in all of 2012, but the crime is rarely pun­ished, accord­ing to new sta­tis­tics from the city. Though Col­orado vot­ers in Novem­ber legal­ized mar­i­juana use by adults, con­sum­ing mar­i­juana in pub­lic remains ille­gal, under both state law and Den­ver munic­i­pal ordi­nance. It brings a $100 fine under the state law. Accord­ing to fig­ures pro­vided by the Den­ver Depart­ment of Safety, police in the city wrote just 20 tick­ets for pub­lic mar­i­juana con­sump­tion dur­ing the first half of 2013. Fif­teen of those tick­ets came in May and June. Offi­cers wrote only eight tick­ets in all of 2012, all but one of those pre-legalization. “Noth­ing has changed for us policy-wise,” Den­ver police spokesman John White said. “If indi­vid­u­als are observed con­sum­ing mar­i­juana in pub­lic, they will be cited.” It’s dif­fi­cult to deter­mine whether pub­lic pot use has actu­ally increased. There have been no sci­en­tific stud­ies about pub­lic mar­i­juana use in Den­ver, either pre– or post-legalization. But peo­ple con­cerned about the impacts of mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion say, anec­do­tally, they have noticed a sig­nif­i­cant increase in open mar­i­juana con­sump­tion. “We’ve heard from a lot of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity that they’re see­ing more and more of that,” said Diane Carl­son, an orga­nizer for the group Smart Col­orado. Carl­son said she saw peo­ple smok­ing mar­i­juana at the Den­ver Zoo’s Zoo Lights event in Decem­ber as chil­dren walked nearby. Some vis­i­tors to the city also say pub­lic mar­i­juana use is a prob­lem in Den­ver, with one Chicago res­i­dent writ­ing in a let­ter to The Den­ver Post that he and his fam­ily observed pot smok­ing “lit­er­ally every block” on the 16th Street Mall. Visit Den­ver spokesman Rich Grant said the tourism office has received sev­eral let­ters from vis­i­tors dis­mayed at the pub­lic pot smok­ing they saw in the city. But Grant said the num­ber of those let­ters isn’t any more than let­ters Visit Den­ver receives on other top­ics. The office even receives let­ters from peo­ple con­cerned that — with bans on pub­lic con­sump­tion and pro­hi­bi­tions on mar­i­juana use at many hotels — they won’t have a place to puff. “At this point, nobody really knows what it’s going to be like or a lot of the details,” Grant said. Snipped Com­plete Arti­cle: http://​www​.den​ver​post​.com/​b​r​e​a​k​i​n​g​n​e​w​s​/​c​i​_​2​3​7​7​9​5​61/ Source: Den­ver Post (CO) Author: John Ingold, The Den­ver Post Pub­lished: August 2, 2013 Copy­right: 2013 The Den­ver Post Web­site: http://​www​.den​ver​post​.com/ Con­tact: openforum@​denverpost.​com

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