Wednesday, February 12, 2014

City bans pot possession in municipal facilities, airport

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 8:58 AM

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Yesterday, Colorado Springs City Council moved to put teeth — appropriately tiny teeth — behind the much-ballyhooed "ban via press conference," as Douglas Bruce put it, regarding possessing marijuana in the airport. It also simultaneously included "any enclosed building, structure, or facility owned or leased by the City" in a separate ordinance.

The gist is that a violation would be treated like a trespassing charge, wherein the person in question would be asked to either ditch the weed or leave the property. A failure to comply would result in confiscation of the cannabis and a $100 fine, with a second offense drawing a $500 penalty. Previous iteration of the ordinance included possible jail time, but that was stripped out at the request of Council.

Here's how the city puts it:
Like other trespass cases, to prosecute a violation of any of the City facility provisions, City prosecutors will prosecute the act of remaining on or refusing to leave the facility once a person is found to have marijuana in their possession or is found to have attempted to bring it past the notice signs as contraband and then refuses to return it to their vehicles or remove it from the premises. This will happen just as the City prosecutes other trespass cases. It will be the person’s act of refusing to leave or trying to secretively possess the marijuana on the facility property after being informed that they can’t possess it on that property.

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