New laws and recommendations for local marijuana 


Editor's note: City Council's vote on the new law was delayed two weeks. Please see here for more.

Officially illegal

As we went to press Tuesday, Colorado Springs City Council was scheduled for its first read of several new additions to city code created in response to Amendment 64.

First is a prohibition on consuming or displaying marijuana "in or upon any street, alley, avenue, or park, or upon any public stairway or hall, or in any other public place within the City." The second is the same, but specific to inside a vehicle. Third is rewriting of the ordinance to clarify that possession by anyone under 21, or possession of more than an ounce, is illegal.

Each was already the case because of wording in the amendment, but local police had no specific violations on the books with which to charge lawbreakers. Potential penalties include fines of not more than $500, or 90 days in jail. Council President Scott Hente says he predicts easy passage.

Tell your friends

People could travel to Colorado for pot if recommendations created last week by an Amendment 64 task force are eventually enacted by the state Legislature. However, they might be limited to purchasing amounts as low as an eighth of an ounce at a time, reported the Associated Press, and could be prohibited from leaving the state with the substance.

As for recreational stores, the Denver Post reported the task force recommended potential owners be Colorado residents of at least two years; that stores grow most of what they sell, as medical-marijuana centers do now; and that current MMJ-center owners be the only people eligible to apply for a license the first year.

Assuming a municipality hasn't opted out, recreational outlets are expected near the end of the year.

Keef crumbs

• As of last Saturday, Crossroads MMC is no longer, confirms owner Triton Gulczynski. The lease at 176 Talamine Court, #110, could not be renewed due to problems the building's owner had refinancing, and a move was too expensive, he says.

Reddit.com continues to be a good place for people to express their message, evidenced again as both U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and Mason Tvert, co-director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, have taken questions regarding cannabis in the last couple weeks.

For example, Polis identified "the law enforcement industrial complex" as the biggest "moneyed interest" blocking marijuana progress; Tvert wrote that he thought change would come as "older, more conservative people [die] and younger, more supportive people" don't.

• A bill in North Carolina legalizing medical marijuana generated so much support from voters that lawmakers killed it in committee because they felt "harassed," reported WRAL-TV in Raleigh.

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