Quantcast
Connect with us

Breckenridge, Colorado voters may legalize pot, paraphernalia

Published

on

On Tuesday, Breckenridge, Colorado could become the latest American city to legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults.

The legalization measure, placed on the ballot after campaigners turned in a petition with almost three-times the number of signatures required, would also permit adults to posses bongs, pipes, bubblers and other so-called marijuana paraphernalia.

ADVERTISEMENT

Allowing paraphernalia would be a first for U.S. voters, according to Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Bruce Mirken, who spoke with the Associated Press. “I don’t think there’s anywhere else in the country that has legalized paraphernalia,” he said.

In Colorado, the current penalty for being caught with marijuana paraphernalia is $100.

According to Colorado’s Summit Daily News, the Breckenridge petition needed 500 signatures, but over 1,400 were collected. If the measure passes, the town will remove all penalties for adults found in possession of up to one ounce.

“It will not make it more available to minors, won’t make it legal to smoke it on the street, won’t get you out of trouble if you’re stoned behind the wheel,” the Daily News opined in an editorial supporting the measure. “What it says is that if you, as an adult, choose to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use, you won’t be busted for it. It’s still a much more stringent law than those that apply to alcohol — a substance you can own as much as you want of and consume in public.”

The paper added: “Eventually, it seems these small possession busts will be a thing of the past state-wide, which makes us conclude some kind of ‘nuisance pot smoke’ ordinance needs to take their place — roughly analogous to public intoxication statutes.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“‘We don’t want to spend our tax dollars prosecuting this, so we’re saying, let’s just stop it,’ said Sean McAllister, a Breckenridge attorney who proposed the ordinance,” according to ABC 7 News in Denver.

The town’s police chief has said he opposes the measure because it places Breckenridge at odds with state law. Should the town legalize marijuana, municipal police officers who choose to make an arrest would be required to transport their prisoners to the Summit County Sheriff’s Department, AP noted.

However, the measure would not truly pose much of an inconvenience for officers, as the county’s sheriff is located mere moments away from the town’s police department.

ADVERTISEMENT

The odds that this measure will pass appear to be quite strong. While an effort to legalize marijuana state-wide failed during the 2006 elections, Breckenridge voters supported it by a margin of nearly 3-to-1, ABC noted.

Breckenridge, a famous winter get-away for skiing enthusiasts, has roughly 3,300 registered voters.

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Fox News viewers freak out on Bret Baier for criticizing Trump and calling Yovanavitch ‘sympathetic’

Published

on

Fox News host Bret Baier -- and his colleague John Roberts -- infuriated Fox News viewers who follow their Twitter feeds for praising the performance of former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch during her House impeachment testimony while they also condemned Donald Trump for attacking her as she spoke.

According to Roberts in his tweet, "Wow....this is really unprecedented. @realDonaldTrump and Amb Yovanovitch are talking to each other in real time through @Twitter and Television... Something I never thought I would ever see."

Continue Reading

Facebook

GOP lawmaker mocked after whining Adam Schiff wouldn’t let her break impeachment hearing rules

Published

on

During the public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump this Friday, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) attempted to direct a line of questions to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, but was interrupted by Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who informed Devin Nunes (R-CA) that "under the house resolute 660, you are not allowed to yield time except to minority counsel."

As Stefanik continued to try to speak, Schiff repeatedly cut her off. "The gentlewoman will suspend," Schiff said as he swung the gavel. "You're not recognized."

"This is the fifth time you've interrupted members of Congress -- duly elected members of Congress," Stefanik protested.

Continue Reading
 

Facebook

France to host Putin, Zelensky in bid to end Ukraine conflict

Published

on

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Ukranian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in Paris on December 9 for their first face-to-face encounter, seeking to end the half-decade conflict in Ukraine, the French presidency said Friday.

The leaders will join French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the four-way summit aimed at resolving the conflict in the east of Ukraine, where pro-Moscow separatists have declared breakaway regions, the Elysee Palace said.

Macron, who has been spearheading a drive for peace in Ukraine, had hoped to host the summit in September but it was held up by numerous obstacles that highlighted the difficulty of resolving the conflict.

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1 and go ad-free.
close-image