Denver Police Defend Decision To Stand Down 
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Denver Police Defend Decision To Stand Down 
Posted by CN Staff on September 10, 2013 at 17:00:56 PT
By Jeremy P. Meyer, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- A high-ranking Denver police official on Tuesday defended the department's decision to stand down while scores of people lit up marijuana joints at a free pot giveaway in Civic Center park. Deputy Chief David Quinones said the department wasn't about to incite a riot on Monday over a petty offense. Hundreds of people lined up Monday morning to get free joints during an event organized by opponents of Proposition AA, a statewide ballot question over taxing retail marijuana sales. 
Many got their pot and sparked up in front of television cameras and news photographers, riling city council members who have been fearful that the new marijuana law will damage Denver's image."Public consumption of marijuana is against the law," Councilman Charlie Brown said during a council meeting Monday night. "We should enforce that law. I don't believe we can pick and choose what part of the city we can enforce the law."Brown and fellow councilwoman Jeanne Robb said images of people openly smoking marijuana sends a bad message around the world as the city is preparing to welcome the new retail marijuana industry. Council members on Monday gave initial approval to a host of regulations for the businesses and listened to an hour's worth of public comments, including many statements from parents and business people upset about the new industry. The council holds its final vote on the regulations on Monday.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author:  Jeremy P. Meyer, The Denver PostPublished: September 10, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #8 posted by The GCW on September 11, 2013 at 04:05:27 PT
Cannabis banking
Federal government seeks banking solution for marijuana businesses
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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on September 10, 2013 at 21:31:17 PT
Only dummies support cannabis prohibition
Sen. McCain: "Maybe We Should Legalize" Marijuana"...A smart politician who wants to get reelected listens to the will of the people. Whatever one thinks of John McCain's views on various issues, the senator is no dummy."- Article originally from Stop the Drug War, used with permission.
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Comment #6 posted by Paul Pot on September 10, 2013 at 21:29:15 PT:
Death to the drug war.
The message to the world is that the drug war is dying. 
The people of Colorado and Washington are my heroes.
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on September 10, 2013 at 20:43:53 PT
A Few More Details from Other Sources
Free marijuana handed out in protest against Colorado tax plans
Tue.Sep.10.2013 give away free pot to protest high taxes on marijuana sales.
Posted: 09/09/2013.
By: Jaime Garcia reminds me of Canada's Summer of Legalization 2003. We were careful, paranoid even at first. We grew bolder as the crowds enlarged and the police backed off due to court rulings.
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Comment #4 posted by John Tyler on September 10, 2013 at 19:46:32 PT
way to go Denver
My, my, hundreds of people peacefully gathering to enjoy cannabis together, that is outrageous. I bet some of them had long hair and maybe even a few guitars also. All I can say is way to go Denver. You are looking real good. If you are going to Denver, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.
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Comment #3 posted by MikeEEEEE on September 10, 2013 at 17:35:47 PT
Its madness!!!
I just don't see the reefer madness predicted a long time ago.HempWorld, I've been to Amsterdam, cool place. And to other destinations in Europe. Cannabis is not given a second look over there.
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on September 10, 2013 at 17:23:11 PT
Not Smoking Marijuana In Public Is BS!
Go to Amsterdam, people over there smoke cigars, cigarettes, joints, whatever they want, and it is ok!If you can smoke cigarettes in public and they kill about 40,000 Americans every year, just from 2nd hand smoke (check the US statistics, this is fact) then you should be able to smoke herb!The public will speak on this with their actions and the police will have to stand down, as they already are.
Pot Farm
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on September 10, 2013 at 17:14:52 PT
Down Boy!
Thank you Denver police!Awesome!
Let's Grow!
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