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article imageOp-Ed: Denver decides to make it less dangerous to buy pot

By Robert Weller     Dec 22, 2013 in Lifestyle
Denver - The city of Denver is preparing to become the marijuana capital of the U.S., working out some loose ends.
Colorado and Washington voted to legalize
Recreational use becomes legal in both states on Jan. 1.
In Colorado, weed enthusiasts can do it in public, except near schools
[url=http://www.denverpost.com/marijuana/ci_24730925/denver-council-vote-decriminalizing-pot-18-21-year?IADID=Search-www.denverpost.com-www.denverpost.com t=_blank]On Monday night the City Council moved to decriminalize possession of an ounce or less of marijuana by people ages 18 through 20.
The law passed by Colorado voters last year legalized such possession for those 21 and older. It is no secret that many teens consume weed.
If they were under 18 they would be treated as juveniles, under Denver law. Those caught in the age cap could be jailed and/or face big fines.
Councilman Albus Brooks won support for exempting them from jail sentences, and punishing them with fines staring fining starting at $150, those caught with weed, the Denver Post reported.
"This in no way is making it legal for these young people to possess or consume marijuana. What it does do is make it so that these kids don't have to live into adulthood with mistakes they might have made when they were 19,” he said.
Meanwhile, the state appeared to be fighting a last-minute struggle to limit the number of users. Consumers said the state health department was delaying applications for medicinal marijuana.
An official at the state said it was because there were 110,000 applications. It wasn’t clear why, given that each applicant was charged $35, the state had not hired more clerks to process the applications.
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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