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article imageOp-Ed: Smoke 'em if you got 'em in Denver

By Robert Weller     Dec 3, 2013 in Health
Denver - The city of Denver is dropping a proposed rule against marijuana smoking on the front porch. Front yards and back yards are fine also.
The Mile High City’s council reversed an earlier vote, and has decided not to try to make it illegal to smoke in public view on private property.
Unlike Washington state, which had limited marijuana consumption to private property, Colorado has no such restriction.
Anti-marijuana diehards had sought to persuade the Denver City Council to make it illegal to smoke in public view even on private property.
Denver police made it clear they wanted no part of such enforcement, and the American Civil Liberties Union was likely to sue if the council passed the ordinance.
The amendment legalizing marijuana, passed last year by a significant margin, stated: “In the interest of the health and public safety of our citizenry, the people of the state of Colorado further find and declare that marijuana should be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol ... ”
Courts have already thrown out efforts to interfere with the distribution of medical marijuana, approved in 2000 by voters.
The council voted by one vote last week to bar marijuana use in public places, even on private property.
After a torrent of Twitter complaints, and a statement by police that they would not make enforcing it a priority, the council reversed itself, again by one vote. The final vote is next week.
In addition to being described as an attempt to thwart the will of the people, it was pointed out that marijuana is available in many forms, including edibles and devices that could be holding cigarettes.
Also, there is no rule against drinking beer on front porches or in back yards.
The Denver Post had published numerous articles about the danger of pot, some clearly out-of-date. Now it has appointed a marijuana editor and will also have a freelance pot critic who will help consumers wade through all the choices.
Denver has more medical marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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