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Denver City Council votes to allow people to smoke pot on private property

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DENVER - The Denver City Council voted to allow people to smoke pot on private property Monday afternoon.

The question of whether local residents would be able to smoke marijuana on their front porches, in their front yards or anywhere else on their properties was called into question.

On Nov. 25, the council make it illegal to consume marijuana on private residential property if observable from a public street, highway or sidewalk; and on private non-residential property if observable from a public place.

The bill deletes the entire subsection allowing for outdoor consumption of marijuana on private residential property by homeowners and tenants and their guests.

However, on Dec. 2, the bill was amended to make it legal to consume marijuana "publicly" on private residential property by the owner or renter of the property or by anyone with permission by the owner or renter. This amendment negates the amendment to CB13-0736 approved on Nov. 25, restoring the original language of the bill as filed.

It was reversed due to the impractical enforcement of this bill and the lack of resources to do so.

The council will make a final vote on Monday solidifying the language on the marijuana bill.

Ahead of the Monday evening meeting, the council will meet as a committee to take up other proposed city laws on marijuana.

Among those are ordinances that would ban open consumption or display of marijuana within 1000 feet of schools, and the decriminalization of possession by minors under the legal age of 21.

Possession by minors would remain a civil infraction, punishable by fines ranging from $150 to $999 depending on the number of prior offenses.

The council will also consult with the city attorney on a proposal to cap the number of homegrown marijuana plants at 12 per private residence.

Marijuana advocates contend that such a restriction would violate the state constitution in homes where more than two adults reside.

Amendment 64, which voters approved to legalize recreational marijuana, specifically allows each adult the right to grow up to six plants (only three of which may be mature and flowering) for their own use.

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