Colorado Must Define Public Consumption of MJ

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  Colorado Must Define Public Consumption of MJ

Posted by CN Staff on October 20, 2013 at 15:13:26 PT
By Alicia Caldwell, Denver Post Editorial Writer 
Source: Denver Post 

Colorado -- If you thought the big decisions about recreational marijuana in Colorado were behind us when voters legalized it last year and lawmakers set up a retail sales framework, think again. Colorado is fast approaching a public policy crossroads over the issue of marijuana consumption.The constitutional amendment allowing recreational weed said the measure shouldn't be construed as permitting marijuana to be consumed "openly and publicly." As it turns out, that's just the beginning of the conversation.
Differing opinions about the propriety of visible pot consumption, punishments for the smell infringing on a neighbor and the intent of new law itself are on a collision course.There's also the issue of defining an "open container" of marijuana in a motor vehicle. With booze, it's a simple matter: If the seal is broken, generally speaking you're in trouble with the law if you're pulled over. But when is marijuana kept in a plastic bag an "open container"?It's important for Colorado policymakers to get these issues right, and not recriminalize small-time, recreational marijuana use or possession, or push into secrecy something voters supported.It's also crucial that police have policy guidance on how to enforce the law. Some calls are easy. Walking down a public sidewalk smoking a joint? That's already not allowed (and it needs to be enforced. Let me say that again: It needs to be enforced.) But what if people smoke pot while sitting on their own front porch? Back patio? What about discreetly eating a pot-laced brownie on an RTD bus? State legislators should address these issues in a comprehensive fashion so they aren't hashed out in court on a piecemeal basis, which is what will happen if lawmakers don't take it on.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author:  Alicia Caldwell, Denver Post Editorial WriterPublished: October 19, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #9 posted by FoM on October 22, 2013 at 05:48:53 PT
John Tyler
I can imagine!
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Comment #8 posted by John Tyler on October 21, 2013 at 21:20:20 PT
what will happen?
Suppose next summer 6, or 8, or 10 thousand like-minded people are at a concert at Redrock amphitheater.  The vibes are beautiful. The music is fantastic. And everybody wants to groove at a higher plane all together.  What will happen?
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Comment #6 posted by anomalies on October 20, 2013 at 20:34:14 PT:

The few ordering the many.
  This, to me anyways, is just a case of the *FEW* backhandedly getting what they want at the cost of the people. 
 Vote their butts out. 
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on October 20, 2013 at 18:45:19 PT

I realize how serious this is but to me it is silly. When will people wake up and stop trying to put everyone in the same box? Our diversity is what makes our country special. It's called having real liberty.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on October 20, 2013 at 18:37:09 PT

Lots of silly.Silly but also very serious. Caging and extracting money from humans is big business. They're attempting to lower the requirements to conduct business.  Perhaps they're doing the usual: go for the extreme so the end result is still harsh, rather than go for rational and realistic from the beginning...Silly is a nice way to describe the way I feel.What part of legal like alcohol do they not understand?
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Comment #3 posted by Richard Zuckerman on October 20, 2013 at 17:51:33 PT:

Constitutional Amendments are remedial laws:
Constitutional provisions are remedial in nature. Thus, they are to be liberally construed. If the clear language of the Constitutional provision legalizes Cannabis without restriction, then there need not be any further look into the legislative intent. [I have not read the new Constitutional provision legalizing the herb.]
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on October 20, 2013 at 17:32:31 PT

I find it interesting when I read an article like the one in the Denver Post at how far we've come over the years. We are almost at the silly zone if that makes sense. It's sort of like sorting it all out. You can drink beer at a football game and concerts so will people be able to smoke too? I don't mean in a car driving but at an event that allows alcohol.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on October 20, 2013 at 16:59:11 PT

Ha, ha, the gift that keeps on giving...
Fun and entertainment for all.Yeah, let's re-criminalize it! Great make-work program!And, what about cigarettes? You can smoke them everywhere, and 2nd hand smoke kills, marijuana/cannabis smoke does not kill, it heals, it prevents you from getting cancer or it cures most cancers, if you have cancer!How about that folks at the Denver Post? Have you guys done any research on 2nd hand cigarette smoke and about THC/CBD healing most cancers? The, get-a-clue dept?Great for a newspaper to keep printing their yellow journalism, way to go DP! Not!Please so some study and then publish something real and if cigarette smokers are allowed to kill me (and my kids) whenever I leave my front door then something is terribly wrong. But we all know that... is true.When does the witch-hunt on the (harmless) cannabis user end?
Hemp Hotel
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