COLORADO: While the possession and consumption of one ounce or less of marijuana has been legalized, the battle over using marijuana in public is far from over.
Monday, Denver City Council’s Amendment 64 Committee will introduce a bill to further limit where marijuana smokers can light up.
The committee will introduce a bill banning the possession, use, display, transfer, distribution, sale, transport or growth of marijuana within any park, mountain park, recreational facility and the 16th Street Mall.
The proposed bill also states that “it shall be unlawful for any person to openly and publicly display or consume one (1) ounce or less of marijuana.”
The term “openly” means occurring or existing in a manner that is unconcealed, undisguised, or obvious and it observable or perceptible through sight or smell to the public or to persons on neighboring property, according to the bill.
The bill does not specifically list the punishment for those infractions.
Marijuana advocates call the proposal blatantly unconstitutional and plan to hold a news conference regarding the issue on Monday.
“We are simply shocked that Mayor Hancock and some of his allies on the Denver City Council are supporting a measure that is not only out of step with public sentiment, but also contrary to the plain language of Amendment 64,” said Denver attorney Brian Vicente, a proponent of Amendment 64 who served as co-director of the Yes on 64 campaign. “It is not a question of whether the proposed ordinance is unconstitutional. Rather, it is a question of how much the city will have to spend on legal bills before the ordinance is overturned.”
“This is incredibly complex,” said City Councilman Charlie Brown.
Brown told 7NEWS that smelling marijuana smoke is becoming a big issue.