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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Can You Smoke Marijuana In Denver Parks?

Ondenver parks marijuana June 12th, a new law in Denver took effect which prohibits marijuana in city parks. You cannot consume, display, transfer, or grow marijuana in Denver’s city parks. Public consumption has always been illegal in Denver and throughout Colorado, but this new law specifically prohibits marijuana at city parks altogether. A violation of the law results in a $150 fine, which increased fines for subsequent violations.

During the 2012 Election, the Amendment 64 campaign used the slogan ‘regulate marijuana like alcohol.’ The slogan was successful of course, because voters overwhelming approved the initiative. Alcohol is not prohibited at Denver city parks, which seems to not fall in line with the will of Colorado voters. If I was a city official, I would prefer marijuana to alcohol, considering the fact that alcohol consumption is associated with a lot of issues that aren’t associated with marijuana.

I’m willing to concede that public consumption of marijuana in city parks in public view may not be what voters wanted. And I definitely don’t think Colorado voters expected Denver parks to allow cultivation of marijuana. However, the possession of marijuana in city parks should not be illegal. How does having a nug of Colorado’s finest in my pocket harm anyone else at the park?

We will see how enforcement goes. I’d imagine if people are being blatant, they will get fined. If you are being discrete and not making a big deal out of it, I don’t see how cops will even know what is going on. But then again, if a cop is bored and smells marijuana in the air, there’s nothing to stop him/her from shaking down people. Hopefully possession bans in parks doesn’t become a trend in Colorado.

  • MrPC

    Denver’s Mayor is a closet conservative, born-again prig who hates the idea of “narcotics” being legally, openly sold in his city and is doing everything he can to force smokers into their basements (with the lights off and the windows shuttered.)

  • Ted Mishler

    i fail to see the reason to punish the cannabis community by fines
    what is the matter with the prohibitionists, don’t they have something else better to do at times?
    with cannabis in my head
    i am up for a bike ride along the platt
    i enjoy looking at the wooden mermaid coming into town near a cemetery
    although the log wasn’t meant i suppose to resemble a mermaid, but it does, use your own discretionary
    i also enjoy the excellent cannabis filled with lots of crystals
    bloomington indiana rarely had stuff like this, just the usual stuff that left my head feeling unfilled, uncontented, and lacking

    denver however, as far as their cannabis is concerned is by no means lacking:-)

  • I do not go much for fads!

    Smoking is bad… no matter what you smoke or where you smoke it!

    There are very few cases in which I can think it appropriate and I would rather we did not have to overdo it!

    • ted mishler

      I’ll tell what is worse than your fear of smoke, and that is prison
      whats worse is an innocent one in prison and pout there by high treasonous traitors

  • ted mishler

    here in Denver, indica will not produce a religious experience
    its as though the usa wants to ban the only true religion brough about naturally through the help of SATIVA
    where is the sativa?
    i buy shake cause it is the only thing i can afford
    shake comes from the joints rolled for the customers, now i know the customers are toking mostly indica
    you buy indica
    you buy sleep
    you will not have any religious experience if you are asleep
    why does the usa hate religion
    why does the usa hate for the cannabis community to be entitled to the fruits of the constitution?
    who
    is going to change the corrupt nature the feral nature, the secretive
    nature of the liars, the thief’s, the mobsters, the charlie leeches, of
    society?

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt05

    think im crazy??
    then you think that truth is crazy, which makes you crazy and stupid

  • Ted Mishler

    I’ve smoked it downtown on the side walk, under bridges, in parks, on benches, etc, no one cares to war against you in Denver and i find that most refreshing
    the police are nice and friendly, there is much employment opportunities
    Denver seems to me to be exemplary