COLORADO: In the year since Amendment 64 legalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Colorado, Boulder police have issued nearly four times as many tickets for smoking pot in public — which is still illegal.
Boulder police Chief Mark Beckner said that while his officers have stopped ticketing people for mere possession of marijuana, more and more people have been smoking it in public since Amendment 64 was passed by voters.
“I think were seeing more public display and use of marijuana,” Beckner said. “I don’t know if people feel emboldened by the law or don’t know that to display or consume marijuana in public is still illegal.”
According to Boulder police records, 113 people have been ticketed so far in 2013 for public use of marijuana, compared to 29 in all of 2012. Of those citations in 2013, 68 were for a new Boulder municipal statute that went into effect in June.
Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said he’s similarly seen an increase in public consumption of marijuana cases come through his office, which does not handle municipal tickets.