Denver Police Won't Actively Seek Pot-Smokers

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  Denver Police Won't Actively Seek Pot-Smokers

Posted by CN Staff on December 30, 2013 at 06:30:57 PT
By Sadie Gurman, The Denver Post 
Source: Denver Post 

Denver -- Extra Denver police officers will be on hand to protect patrons of newly legalized recreational pot shops on Wednesday, but they won't be actively looking to arrest them if they light up in public."I am not going to have a team of officers specifically going out looking for people smoking marijuana," Police Chief Robert White said. "If we get complaints or run into it, we're certainly going to investigate it. We have to balance our resources as it relates to addressing these issues."
The legalization of recreational marijuana has created new gray areas for the police department, which is still wrangling with how strictly to enforce laws against public consumption of the drug. The City Council this month approved rules banning the display or distribution of marijuana on the 16th Street Mall or streets around it and in city parks.White said he plans to issue a training bulletin by Wednesday reminding officers about the nuances of the new rules. "If we get complaints, we'll balance that with other priorities," White said. "I'm interested in making sure that those retail shops that are going to open — we want to make sure that's done in an orderly fashion."He told officers earlier this month that they would not be allowed to moonlight as uniformed security guards at marijuana shops because the drug remains illegal federally and "we need to see how this thing is going to evolve."SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author:  Sadie Gurman, The Denver PostPublished: December 30, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #24 posted by afterburner on December 31, 2013 at 20:39:46 PT
Happy New Year, Colorado & Cannabis Aficionados
Soon Come!
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Comment #23 posted by Hope on December 31, 2013 at 10:27:02 PT
Happy New Year!
To each and all.One Love!
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on December 31, 2013 at 09:21:54 PT
You are so darn funny! Happy New Year to you!
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Comment #21 posted by runruff on December 31, 2013 at 09:04:15 PT
I have it from a good source that pot smokers will not be actively seeking out police.
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on December 31, 2013 at 05:48:36 PT

Happy New Years Eve
It's been a long time coming. What a journey it has been too. So many battles but many have been won. For those that we have lost over the years I hope you are smiling down on us. I can't even begin to post names. Some have passed away others are in jail and they will never be forgotten. We try hard to right wrongs and we have done a fine job. I wouldn't have traded this journey for anything.
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Comment #19 posted by Hope on December 30, 2013 at 20:46:17 PT

I remember that.Remember when Souder wanted to turn loose a fusarium to kill every cannabis plant in the world? And whatever else got in the way?
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on December 30, 2013 at 20:44:48 PT

Comment 5
Amen. A long, long time.
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Comment #17 posted by The GCW on December 30, 2013 at 20:07:09 PT

JOY,Remember when We stopped the freaking DEA or what ever from banning HEMP?!?!?Hemp soap. Hemp bread. Hemp.Back in like 2002 r something?We're turning this crap around.We are grass roots.
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on December 30, 2013 at 19:38:40 PT

I feel the joy and I am not even there! 
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on December 30, 2013 at 19:31:16 PT

I am over bandwidth cap this month so I don't care if I use more because this song is going through my mind. I am so excited about this happening! Crosby Stills Nash - A Long Time Coming - Woodstock 1969
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Comment #14 posted by The GCW on December 30, 2013 at 19:30:57 PT

About standing in line.......
Here in Summit County, which includes Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne (shops) etc. there is some additional history to standing in line. When the ski areas open, people stand in line to be 1st for the season. Huge bragging rights ensue.  Ski areas include Breckenridge, Keystone, ARAPAHO Basin, Copper Mountain.And its on the news and in da paper. I think the 1st lift ride of the season in America was Nate Dog at A Basin this year, who has held the record for a number of years. Google it. I could be wrong.Part of the notoriety is publicity. Around here that's pretty significant. It gets on the news.GETTING IN LINE TO BE THE 1ST PERSON TO PURCHASE CANNABIS HERE IN COLORADO WILL BE AIRED INTERNATIONALLY. Think of Your mug in Amsterdam. In Alabama, Texas guaranteed! Uraguay, Dupo Illinois ,Seattle. Austin to Boston, Maine to Spain...It will be news at the space station.-0-I expect competition to get media attention.COMPETITION.Folks, The suspense.The JOY.The End.The beginning.Superplant BLISS.Thanksgiving.

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Comment #13 posted by Hope on December 30, 2013 at 19:15:51 PT

"A good day."I hope, and expect that Dank Hank is going to be able to be there for and participate in this event.Colorado... the citizens of Colorado... all the free people of and in Colorado, I salute you!This is a happy and amazing time.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on December 30, 2013 at 18:36:14 PT

I think that people standing in line for a long time to be a part of history will have already partaken and will be mellow and thrilled. They will make new friends and talk about this amazing happening. I have faith this will go off peacefully because everyone knows the whole world will be watching. I am truly happy to be alive to see this day come to be. I dreamt of this day back in the 70s.
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Comment #11 posted by Sam Adams on December 30, 2013 at 18:27:36 PT

Bioenergetic Healing Center
Cool! I love some of these names that are left over from the days of medical MJ.Perhaps Colorado will quickly expose medMJ as the half-assed farce that it is and accelerate the transition to full availability in other states.
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Comment #10 posted by Sam Adams on December 30, 2013 at 18:14:46 PT

historical perspective
The struggle for basic Goodness over evil will never end, it's part of the human condition. It's built into us. All we can do is celebrate the victories along the way, the struggle won't ever be over.We'll never forget the sacrifices made to create this particular victory! We'll remember them whenever we celebrate, I know I will.And I suspect this triumph, this HUGE win, will be sure to inspire others working on the path of goodness, in more ways that we'll ever know. How many times have you heard "they'll never'll never happen"?  Too many times to count.  If we can end 90 years of Prohibition in the world's biggest police state then anything is surely possible.
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on December 30, 2013 at 18:10:07 PT

SO, in what amounts to a few hours, citizens will be able to purchase cannabis from stores.But where are the stores?Well here they are.-0-Open on Jan. 1 in Denver• CitiMed, 1640 E. Evans Ave.• Dank Colorado, 3835 Elm St.• Denver Kush Club, 2615 Welton St.• Evergreen Apothecary, 1568 S. Broadway• The Grove, 74 Federal Blvd.• The Green Solution, 2601 W. Alameda Ave.• The Green Solution, 4400 Grape St.• The Healing House Denver, 2383 Downing St.• The Health Center, 1736 Downing St.• Kindman, 4125 Elati St.• LoDo Wellness, 1617 Wazee St.• Medicine Man Denver, 4750 Nome St.• The Shelter, 4095 Jackson St.• 3D Cannabis Center, 4305 Brighton Blvd.The following shops licensed outside Denver tell The Post they are expected to open on Wednesday, along with others that may or may not get the doors open, and more planning to begin sales later.Open on Jan. 1:• Alpenglow Botanicals, Breckenridge• Alpine Wellness, Telluride• Alternative Medical Supplies, Black Hawk• Annie's Tobacco Emporium, Central City• Bioenergetic Healing Center, Frisco• BotanaCare LLC, Northglenn• Breckenridge Cannabis Club• Bud Med Health Center, Edgewater• Cloud 9 Caregivers, Garden City• Green Grass LLC, Central City• High Country Healing, Silverthorne• High Country Healing II, Alma• Marisol Therapeutics, Pueblo• Milagro Wellness Healing, Dumont• Patients Choice, 2517 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater• Serene Wellness, Empire• Telluride Bud Company, Telluride• Telluride Green Room, Telluride• The Kine Mine, Idaho Springs• The Greener Side, PuebloMay be open on Jan. 1, but it could be later:• Ever-green Herbal Remedies, Idaho Springs.• Organix, Breckenridge.More info:
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on December 30, 2013 at 16:00:22 PT

A weeping moment came to me...
to be remembered. Another "Que". Rainbow Farm. Oh, Lord.But this. This is Rejoicing.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on December 30, 2013 at 15:58:07 PT

I think it might play out a third of the way
through the line. Get in line anyway. You can tell your great great great grandchildren, some appropriate day, that you were indeed a part of that historical que. 
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on December 30, 2013 at 15:52:33 PT

I am kind of worried about my righteous
brothers and sisters, celebrating in line for a long time. A situation like that, with so many people, someone might do something to get in trouble. I fear there could be professional trouble makers. I hope not. Stay warm, safe, and peaceful. And patient. And I'm sure they will run out, sooner rather than later. That will be so disappointing but, I suspect, it will likely happen... so prepare yourselves. Peace. Love. Hallelujah!

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Comment #5 posted by Hope on December 30, 2013 at 15:42:00 PT

I love these smiling days.
No weeping.I'm thankful.Hey. I'm rejoicing.And smiling.It's sweet.
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Comment #4 posted by MikeEEEEE on December 30, 2013 at 15:31:45 PT

Former Police Officers
Spoke to a retired Newark, NJ police officer a few days ago. I mentioned that marijuana will be legal soon in Colorado. With his background, I was surprised when he said, "Marijuana should have never been made illegal."
Of course, because he is not in the system anymore, he felt no hesitation in speaking his mind.
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on December 30, 2013 at 14:55:04 PT

Pot saved my life, booze nearly killed me.
My two greatest enemies in life have been stupidity and booze.I got a handle on the booze 40+ years ago thanks to the herb.I am still working on the other thing?
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on December 30, 2013 at 14:06:59 PT

California Attorney General: Legalizing Marijuana
California Attorney General: Legalizing Marijuana Would Save Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars A YearDecember 29, 2013If a proposed ballot measure succeeds, California may become the third state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. By the state’s estimate, legalization would save the state hundreds of millions of dollars each year and generate about the same amount in new tax revenue.Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office released a summary of the proposed ballot measure on Christmas Eve, breaking down the costs incurred by law enforcement, court proceedings, and prison maintenance. The Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance found that legalization would result in “reduced costs in the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually to state and local governments related to enforcing certain marijuana-related offenses, handling the related criminal cases in the court system, and incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders.” 
Newly legalized production and sale of marijuana would also rake in “net additional tax revenues in the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually.”These fiscal benefits would undoubtedly be a boon to California, which has struggled with a massive deficit, a flailing public school system, and an overcrowded prison crisis. Drug offenders make up 31 percent of inmates in the state, and each inmate costs taxpayers about $47,000 per year.Lawmakers in other states have pushed to legalize marijuana in part because of its potential revenue windfalls and cost-saving benefits. Washington expects to reap an extra $1.9 billion in revenue over the next five years thanks to legalization. The New York City Comptroller’s Office recently determined the city could bring in $400 million of revenue per year if marijuana were legalized. On the federal level, the nation could save at least $5.5 billion currently going to enforce marijuana laws each year.California’s proposed ballot measure will need to gather 504,760 signatures by May 23 in order to appear on the 2014 ballot. If it reaches that benchmark, it has a good chance of passing; polls show a majority of California voters support full legalization and regulation of marijuana similar to alcohol.

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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on December 30, 2013 at 08:40:53 PT

the police may not seek smokers, but I will! how about a puff of that joint?? January 1st is going to be a serious holiday! The full implication is starting to hit me. The people of the cannabis community are about to step forward out of bondage in Colorado! Happy New Year everyone.
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