Vote on Decriminalizing Pot for 18-21 Year Olds
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Vote on Decriminalizing Pot for 18-21 Year Olds
Posted by CN Staff on December 16, 2013 at 07:01:47 PT
By Jeremy P. Meyer, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- The Denver City Council continues to approve rules and regulations on marijuana in preparation for the Jan. 1 rollout of the recreational pot industry and on Monday will have two more votes.The council will have a public hearing and will vote on whether to decriminalize marijuana possession for people between 18 and 21, a measure being pushed by Councilman Albus Brooks, who saw an inequity in how offenses are prosecuted.
People under 18 caught with an ounce or less of pot are never jailed and instead are sent to the city and county's juvenile assessment center. People older than 21 prosecuted under the city's marijuana offenses, such as public smoking or displaying weed on the 16th Street Mall, are given small fines that begin at $150.But people between 18 and 21 caught possessing less than an ounce of marijuana can be prosecuted with up to a year in jail or face fines of up to $999. In a committee meeting last week, however, Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell said that rarely occurs."This issue of marijuana possession for people under 21 is a major issue on the state level," Broadwell said, adding that the legislature will likely take up the issue next session. "There is going to be an elaborate law dealing with sentencing and treatment," Broadwell said, citing a report from the Colorado Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice.SnippedComplete Article: The GCWSource: Denver Post (CO)Author:  Jeremy P. Meyer, The Denver PostPublished: December 16, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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