By Steve Elliott
The Denver City Council on Monday overwhelmingly approved allowing adults to smoke marijuana on their front porches and private property, even if it's in clear public view.
In a 10-3 final vote, the council approved a measure eliminating the controversial front-yard cannabis smoking ban introduced last month, which had previously appeared poised to pass with a 7-5 vote, reports Matt Ferner at The Huffington Post.
"Fortunately, common sense ultimately prevailed," said Mason Tvert, a key supporter of Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana in Colorado. "If adults are able to consume alcohol -- and even smoke cigarettes -- outside on their own property, there's no logical reason why they should be prohibited from using a less harmful substance," said Tvert, who is communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project.
"City officials need to move on and focus their time and attention on getting the necessary regulations in place to ensure these businesses are able to open on January 1," Tvert said. "There is no need for further proposals designed to prevent adults from being able to use marijuana responsibly."
A widely reviled first draft of the law would have banned even the smell of marijuana, or the sight of someone smoking marijuana, if it could be smelled or seen by anyone else.
By Steve Elliott
The moronic proposed city ordinance in Denver which would impose a year in jail and $999 fine for the smell of marijuana and re-criminalize possession of marijuana in some public places didn't get much of a welcome when a council committee took it up on Monday.
The committee discussed and criticized the ordinance and promised to revisit it, probably rewritten, sometime in the future, reports Jake Ellison at the Seattle PI.
The restrictive proposed rules were part of a backlash to open use of newly legal marijuana in Denver, and lingering concerns about the culture clashes that acceptance of pot brings up, including how kids will perceive cannabis use, whether its use will hurt businesses downtown, and if people will have to learn to tolerate the smell of marijuana, now that it's nominally legal.
Denver Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell first acknowledged that the citizens of the Mile High City have again and again approved measures to relax the marijuana laws, then he outlined the proposal.
Broadwell said an ordinance banning possession of marijuana in some places would hold up in court because Amendment 64 -- the law legalizing marijuana in Colorado -- allows private property holders to ban it. Broadwell said that means the city should be able to ban it on land it owns.