Denver mulls outlawing drifting marijuana smoke

Denver mulls outlawing drifting marijuana smoke

The use of recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado, but if a proposed ordinance becomes law in the state’s largest city, pot smokers could face jail time and fines if smoke wafts onto a neighbor’s property.

A measure under consideration by the Denver City Council would impose up to $999 in fines and a maximum one-year jail sentence for anyone caught smoking marijuana in city parks or other public venues.

But as written, the law would extend the same criminal sanctions to offenders on private property.

“The term ‘openly’ means occurring in a manner that is unconcealed, undisguised, is obvious, and is observable, perceptible through sight or smell to the public, or to persons on neighboring properties,” the draft ordinance reads.

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