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Public MJ Use is Illegal but Seldom Punished 
Posted by CN Staff on August 02, 2013 at 17:08:54 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- Denver police have written more tickets for public marijuana use so far this year than in all of 2012, but the crime is rarely punished, according to new statistics from the city. Though Colorado voters in November legalized marijuana use by adults, consuming marijuana in public remains illegal, under both state law and Denver municipal ordinance. It brings a $100 fine under the state law.According to figures provided by the Denver Department of Safety, police in the city wrote just 20 tickets for public marijuana consumption during the first half of 2013. Fifteen of those tickets came in May and June. Officers wrote only eight tickets in all of 2012, all but one of those pre-legalization.
"Nothing has changed for us policy-wise," Denver police spokesman John White said. "If individuals are observed consuming marijuana in public, they will be cited." It's difficult to determine whether public pot use has actually increased. There have been no scientific studies about public marijuana use in Denver, either pre- or post-legalization.But people concerned about the impacts of marijuana legalization say, anecdotally, they have noticed a significant increase in open marijuana consumption."We've heard from a lot of people in the community that they're seeing more and more of that," said Diane Carlson, an organizer for the group Smart Colorado. Carlson said she saw people smoking marijuana at the Denver Zoo's Zoo Lights event in December as children walked nearby. Some visitors to the city also say public marijuana use is a problem in Denver, with one Chicago resident writing in a letter to The Denver Post that he and his family observed pot smoking "literally every block" on the 16th Street Mall.Visit Denver spokesman Rich Grant said the tourism office has received several letters from visitors dismayed at the public pot smoking they saw in the city. But Grant said the number of those letters isn't any more than letters Visit Denver receives on other topics. The office even receives letters from people concerned that  with bans on public consumption and prohibitions on marijuana use at many hotels  they won't have a place to puff."At this point, nobody really knows what it's going to be like or a lot of the details," Grant said.SnippedComplete Article: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23779561/Source: Denver Post (CO)Author:  John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: August 2, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: http://www.denverpost.com/Contact: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #6 posted by mexweed on August 03, 2013 at 13:48:24 PT:
1. Vape, not "smoke"; 2. push e-cigs 
1. There hasn't been enough discussion about the difference between "smoking" (forcing any side-stream on anyone who may even just have a phobia against it is unkind) and vaping (as with various "portable" vaping utensils). Also that there is a side-stream-free method of Vaping With A One-Hitter. If you have a long stem (flexible tube, or Hookah Hose Without Hookah) airtightattached on the tail end of your one-hitter, you can take 20-second vape tokes without respiratory stress, allowing nothing to escape, because the vapors have time to cool down on their long way to your trachea. (Anything is better (more sidestreamfree) than a H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide joint.)2. HempWorld is right on about the $igarettes. If you are enjoying a toke with a portable vaporizer and a $igarette Smoker is present, talk to them a little about E-Cigarettes (the comparable thing, a liquid-formula-based vaporizer). Anything you do to REDUCE $igarette smoking takes away some of Big 2WackGo's money power to scare or bribe legislators into keeping cannabis illegal or making it bureaucraticly hard to get. 
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Comment #5 posted by HempWorld on August 03, 2013 at 08:19:40 PT
Great!
A Rockefeller newspaper telling the police what to do!How about that for democracy!
Pot Farm
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on August 03, 2013 at 07:52:56 PT
Denver
just "busting" the public smokers? we can do better than than, how about some re-education, perhaps compulsory tours of the Coors brewery? 
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on August 03, 2013 at 05:02:37 PT
Follow-up editorial
Police should bust public pot smokershttp://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_23785343/denver-police-should-bust-public-pot-smokers
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on August 02, 2013 at 18:24:20 PT
denver 
sounds like things are going relatively well. the next year or so is probably the worst the pushback is going to be - as time goes on, there just won't be any traction in the media with this issue, they just won't care.HW good point, parents should be happy if their kids grow up to be potsmokers rather than tobacco. If they want to see them live to a healthy old age.It's a good time to mention again that public drinking is not banned in Europe.I wish government was more concerned with emissions like mercury, radioactive particles, particulates from coal burning, etc, instead of a waft of cannabis smoke that one can simply walk away from.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on August 02, 2013 at 17:43:46 PT
We should all smoke pot everywhere
in places where cigarettes are also consumed, as an act of civil disobedience!Cigarettes can be smoked everywhere, and cigarettes kill about 40,000 Americans (mostly children) from 2nd hand smoke, this is a fact, please verify it for yourself at the mortality statistics, put it in a search engine.But pot, even in CO, is politically incorrect (but not for very long, I predict).Let me say this, children that can handle cigarette smoke, can handle pot smoke, no problem and better yet, they don't have to die from inhaling it passively, as we all have to breathe.Just another huge hypocrisy, as we've seen with the new Illinois medicinal cannabis legislation.
Hemp Magazine
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