On December 10, The City and County of Denver launched a new informational website, www.colorado.gov/marijuanainfodenver, and kicked off a public education effort as part of ongoing preparations for the start of retail marijuana sales on Jan. 1.
Amendment 64, passed by voters statewide in November 2012, made Colorado one of only two states in the nation to legalize the retail sale of marijuana. The measure gave municipalities – like Denver – the flexibility to create regulatory and enforcement frameworks specific to their cities.
On the evening of December 9th, the Denver City Council, on a 10-3 vote, adopted the marijuana public consumption ordinance. The ordinance will:
- Make it illegal to consume or use marijuana in the public right of way for the entire city and in city parks
- Make it illegal to display or transfer marijuana in the public right of way on the 16th St Mall and in city parks
- The offense will be civil and fees for repeat offenders will escalate from $150 to $500 to a max $999
Denver’s new website and public education effort will help residents, businesses and visitors understand what is and is not allowed under retail marijuana laws within the city.
The website will keep the public updated on marijuana laws as they evolve, with the city continuing to strive for a balanced approach to responsibly regulating retail marijuana sales.
The information on the site, developed with input from the business, tourism, education, health and marijuana industry communities, applies to retail marijuana in Denver only. It does not apply to other Colorado municipalities.
As part of the awareness campaign, the city also will be distributing materials to licensed retail businesses and others in an effort to better inform the public about marijuana laws in Denver.
“We promised the people of Denver that we would implement Amendment 64 in a responsible manner, protecting our neighborhoods, our children and our quality of life,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “We continue to work hard to balance the divergent needs and wants of many in the community.
“That means respecting the will of the voters, who last year approved Amendment 64, which allows people 21 and older to have and consume small amounts of marijuana, while also striving to keep our city enjoyable for those who do not and should not be impacted by this substance,” the Mayor said.