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Police departments changing pot policy in advance of Amendment 64 signing

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In light of Amendment 64's passage, district attorneys and city attorneys across the state have announced that they will be dropping possession and paraphernalia charges. And even though the ballot measure has not yet been signed into law by the governor, local police departments are already re-examing their own approach to marijuana.

Grand Junction Police were among the first to enact changes. On November 9, GJPD Chief John Camper sent a memo to officers advising them that "effective immediately it is the policy of the GJPD not to cite persons age 21 or older that possess and/or consume 1 ounce or less of marijuana and/or cultivate and possess 6 or less plants as allowed by the Amendment."

While this may seem like a somewhat progressive step for a city that enacted a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries last year, Camper, who called the amendment "crappy" while speaking with a Grand Junction Sentinel reporter last week, goes on to say that GJPD officers can write federal offense reports and forward them to the U.S. Attorney's office with a supervisor's approval -- thought he notes that he doubts they'd be prosecuted.

And last week, in the wake of Boulder DA Stan Garnett saying he would not prosecute pot users, law enforcement agencies across Boulder County announced that they will no longer be writing tickets for possession-related offenses, either. That list includes the Boulder Police Department and the Boulder Sheriff, as well as the University of Colorado Police Department.

Both possession and use of marijuana remain violations of the student code of conduct at the university, however, and CU police will still be reporting violations on campus to the university, CUPD spokesman Ryan Huff points out. He also notes that the campus and all buildings are smoke-free, and that the Amendment doesn't allow for public use out in the open -- no doubt a reference to CU's famed 420 smoke-outs of the past. So in essence, all marijuana use, cultivation and possession is still frowned upon at CU.

The Longmont Police Department has also announced that it will no longer be citing people 21 and up for possession of under an ounce. While marijuana possession is still a crime at the municipal level in Longmont, the city council is expected to bring that ordinance in compliance with Amendment 64 in the coming weeks.

Not all police departments are as quick to make changes, however. Officials with the Denver Police Department say they are still in talks with the Denver City Attorney's office, but that no decision has yet been made regarding any changes in marijuana enforcement.

More from our marijuana news archive: "Amendment 64: Are drug-free businesses actually required to have drug tests?" ; "Videos: Marijuana Amendment 64 meets the Last Twinkie on Earth."

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ekr990011
ekr990011

 DonkeyHotay.  

I seriously don't get you. Are you a strict US constitutionalist or what because you are giving to many different opposing arguments to make any real sense.

Those petty cases that you say did not have jail time in many cases do, like when they object to the crimes the state says they committed and do not post bail. Also by being arrested initially even though the penalty is only 100 fine for anything less than one once, cops are allowed to detain you for 24 hours as long as you are arrested for something whether it includes jail time or not. So yea explain that whole decriminalization idea more so you make more sense to the peons you rule over in intellectual prowess please.

Then you had a whole rant on an arbitrary age set for A64 so maybe your a libertarian? But if that was the case again you have very fragmented arguments that oppose each other. If your end goal is to increase overall freedom then since our freedoms are taken by any measure possible (i.e. the US constitutional amendment 18) we should get them back however imperfect by any means necessary. So yea again explain to the intellectually void peons that you masterfully smite down with your words that no man has ever so eloquently said, in a more comprehensible manner explain colloquially what your stances are please.

You keep bringing up how 2 ounces were decriminalized already but if that were true than why is any county dealing with not enforcing possession laws when they already shouldn't have been? And if it was decriminalized then why the hell are there so many that have suffered under possession prosecutions? And even if the 100 dollars is not criminal prosecution as you may assert just merely by having A64 cops will have no reason to give you a ticket or bother you which means that there will be less people in jail for those 24 hours they can hold you if you only receive a fine in the end. Plus how is something decriminalized if you can receive any fine for it? What if you refuse to pay that fine then you are taken up criminally. I assert that any fine even though it initially may not be a criminal penalty it will be if the fine is not paid so therefore it is a criminal penalty, whatever language they use to deceive you in to believing that it is not criminal because it is just the fine on the surface it is criminal because they will come after you with force. So clearly it is not decriminalized for 2 ounces. Explain to me how it is.

So yea basically sum up your opinions so the brainless swine can understand you better, thanks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Updated Headline:  Cities and Counties Changing Pot Policies in Advance of A64 ... by BANNING Marijuana Stores !!

 

 

*** Englewood among first cities taking action with moratorium on Pot Shops ***

 

 

The first ballots had not even begun to arrive in mailboxes when the Englewood City Council took up an emergency ordinance to address one of the outcomes of the 2012 election.

 

At its Oct. 15 meeting, the council unanimously approved a moratorium on the opening of recreational-marijuana businesses sanctioned under Amendment 64 — the partial marijuana-legalization measure that Colorado voters ultimately approved.

 

http://www.denverpost.com/news/marijuana/ci_22050698/englewood-among-cities-taking-action-moratorium-marijuana-shops

 

 

Praise Allah that Lyin' Brian Vicente and Mendacious Mason Tvert allowed Local Governments to COMPLETELY REJECT and DENY the "baby steps" taken by A64!

 

Without the local right to DENY written into the dysfunctional A64, these localities would have been forced to follow The Will of the Voters and the Constitution.

 

Gotta love OPTIONAL Constitutional Amendments, eh morons?

 

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audreyhatfield
audreyhatfield

Yea, every D.A. Except Dan May! We have 2 protests coming up within a week of each other. Can't the "Elders" pin him down and beat him into submission? Holy Cow...smh

Dave Lenio
Dave Lenio

They should smoke some of that shit and chill out

sgreene420
sgreene420

Lets go Captain Oats everyone is waiting on the great city of Aurora's response 

hippie19623
hippie19623

Seems to me, That the people That are opposed to the admendment 64 are the people profiting from illegal sales of pot old donkey dung is more then likely employed by a drug cartel.

hippie19623
hippie19623

Seems to me, That the people That are opposed to the admendment 64 are the people profiting from illegal sales of pot old donkey dung is more then likely employed by a drug cartel

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ekr990011 "cops are allowed to detain you for 24 hours as long as you are arrested for something whether it includes jail time or not."

 

False.

 

Try again.

ekr990011
ekr990011

@DonkeyHotay

Gotta love OPTIONAL[sic] Constitutional Amendments, eh morons?

The only optional part is the sale of it , and you are acting like that is so bad but cities and towns have always had authority to deny or allow certain businesses from conducting business in their town/city . So yea........

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @hippie19623 = stupid stoner

 

ALL Sales of recreational Pot are ILLEGAL now, under both Federal Law and under State Law !!

 

All private Sales of pot are STILL ILLEGAL under A64 !!

 

Does it hurt to be so ignorant?

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ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay 

SInce I've already proven that your wrong on assuming that, "cops are allowed to detain you for 24 hours as long as you are arrested for something whether it includes jail time or not." was false which it is not, how about you answer some of my above questions? Are you so against 64 because you want more freedom or less? Your comments on 2 ounces decriminalized I need you to give some supporting evidence on too.

 

ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay 

If the police have probable cause to believe a person has committed a crime but the prosecutor has not yet brought formal charges, the police may detain the suspect in custody for a short period of time (generally twenty-four to forty-eight hours). Probable cause is defined as facts sufficient to support a reasonable belief that criminal activity is probably taking place or knowledge of circumstances indicating a fair probability that evidence of crime will be found. It requires more than a mere hunch, but less than proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

I am sorry I previously went with a previously unused and unconfirmed choice and cited uk law... doh. But I knew it was 24 hours ish so it did not seem right but had the basic gist of my point.

 

United States v. Sharpe, 470 U.S. 675, 686 (1985). A more relaxed standard has been applied to detention of travelers at the border, the Court testing the reasonableness in terms of "the period of time necessary to either verify or dispel the suspicion." United States v. Montoya de Hernandez, 473 U.S. 531, 544 (1985) (approving warrantless detention for more than 24 hours of traveler suspected of alimentary canal drug smuggling).

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ekr990011 "but cities and towns have always had authority to deny or allow certain businesses from conducting business in their town/city ."

 

Legal Fail!

 

 

 

ekr990011
ekr990011

@DonkeyHotay

"ALL Sales[sic] of recreational Pot are ILLEGAL[sic] now, under both Federal Law and under State Law !!

 

All private Sales[sic] of pot are STILL ILLEGAL[sic] under A64 !!

 

Does it hurt to be so ignorant?"

 

So your are somewhat correct..... as of right now all sales are illegal under State Law, but they won't come January 2014.

 

Private sales are and will continue to be illegal.....

 

Does it hurt to be so ignorant? Apparently not for you since you enjoy lavishing yourself in it for copious amounts of time.....

hippie19623
hippie19623

@DonkeyHotay Not looking to sale pot if i grow to much I'll give it way.

ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay 

Eh fuck medication I have all my cheetos and goldfish since now A64 was passed everyone in Colorado must be a stoner.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ekr990011 " And I can't help it I'll flame back."

 

LOL!

 

They have medication for that.

 

 

ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay 

Wow you're happy?

And since you still have yet to make any real point here you are still just an idiot saying that real arguments are wrong because of Grammar but have yet to refute the claim. So until you actually answer something YOU'RE an ignoramus that has nothing better to do but flame on a forum where topics are to be discussed and try you're hardest to prevent valid and constructive discussion. And I can't help it I'll flame back.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ekr990011 "SInce I've already proven that your [sic] wrong "

 

English Grammar = Fail.

U$ Law = Fail.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ekr990011  "I know US law "

 

LOL! ... which is why you quoted UK law, eh moron?

 

Colorado "decriminalized" up to 2 ounce for everyone -- meaning it is the lowest petty offense, and carries NO JAIL time ... except for assholes like you who commit other offenses, like failing to appear, or refusing to pay the small fine.

 

You continue to LIE when you assert that people get arrested for < 2 ounces "all the time", as the practice in Colorado is that summary offenders like petty offenses are merely issued a summons to appear, no arrest, and they face no jail time as a penalty.

 

That you concoct some hypothetical asshole who refuses to appear, or refuses to pay the fine, or other such douchebaggery, doesn't change the facts or reality that A64 does NOT reduce any ACTUAL ARRESTS for any REAL WORLD Marijuana users or growers in Colorado.

 

 

ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay 

I know US law and when you came in and claimed that 2 ounces were decriminalized I had to show you how stupid you are. You get jail time in that case in multiple ways as opposed to the supposed failure of A64 which takes away two venues to jail that are in place currently. You imply that no one gets arrested for under 2 ounces but they do all the time. Jail for 24 hours is still jail time.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ekr990011

 

 @DonkeyHotay "Is a traffic ticket a criminal offense? ... because if you refuse to appear or refuse to pay the fine, you will also be arrested and sent to jail."

 

 @ekr990011 "Yea any fine should be notated as a criminal offense. They will use force and jail to enforce it therefore it is a criminal offense."

 

You = Legal Fail!

 

Come back after you learn U$ law.

 

 

ekr990011
ekr990011

@DonkeyHotay

They are not separate offenses it is the same offense.

The simple possession has multiple ways to jail time before A64 that is my whole point. 1. Probable cause detention

2. Failure to pay is jail which means from your initial offense of having possession of marijuana leads to jail time.

"Is a traffic ticket a criminal offense? ... because if you refuse to appear or refuse to pay the fine, you will also be arrested and sent to jail."

Yea any fine should be notated as a criminal offense. They will use force and jail to enforce it therefore it is a criminal offense.

 

And why the hell are you lecturing me about civility lets just look at your record.....

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2012/11/deputy_manconia_tamika_green.php#lf_comment=44796421

perhaps here?

"cops=scum"

Wow stop being so belligerent!!! You are going to end up in jail with that violent disrespectful attitude and failure to comply, sooner rather than later I'd say.

 

You= never made one logical argument but at least can spew the most vile putrid scum at you then tell you that you're being belligerent.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ekr990011"It is so funny though you keep saying that 2 ounces will not get me arrested before A64 but refusing to pay a fine I will go to JAIL for refusing for that crime alone."

 

Wrong again.

 

Refusing to appear, or refusing to pay a fine, are separate offenses.

 

It's your belligerent attitude and failure to comply that lands you in jail -- not the simple possession which does not carry ANY jail time.

 

HipTip -- you'll also go to jail if you curse at the judge, or spit on the bailiff, or any other stupid shit you've indicated a propensity to do in addition to getting caught with pot.

 

Is a traffic ticket a criminal offense? ... because if you refuse to appear or refuse to pay the fine, you will also be arrested and sent to jail.

 

You = fail again.

 

ekr990011
ekr990011

@DonkeyHotay

DonkeyHotay

 "ekr990011 "I never act like a jackass to the cops and the huge majority does not."

 

Then you would not have been arrested for possession of up to 2 (two) ounces under the old Colorado statute.

 

They can and will still bust you for PUBLIC[sic] Display or Use, even after A64, no matter how much you have. And they "could" take you to jail for that, and you will face up to 15 days in jail as a penalty for that upon conviction, even after A64. And you will be arrested if you refuse to appear, or refuse to pay the fine, and will receive additional penalties for your bad attitude.

 

 ekr990011 "Again what if you don't pay the 100$ fine? JAIL."

 

Refusing to appear in court, or refusing to pay the fine, are separate offenses. If you commit additional offenses, then you will be arrested for your obstinance. Same is true for traffic tickets.

 

I can tell from your puerile attitude that -- even after A64 -- you will find yourself arrested sooner or later ... probably sooner.

 

Stupid is as Stupid[sic] does."

 

It is so funny though you keep saying that 2 ounces will not get me arrested before A64 but refusing to pay a fine I will go to JAIL for refusing for that crime alone. It is not decriminalized if you receive any fine. A64 is the only true decriminalization of marijuana in Colorado at the state level. Fail. Stupid is as stupid does exactly. Again for you being the Grammar whore, you sure are a dipshit yourself in English Grammar.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ekr990011 "I never act like a jackass to the cops and the huge majority does not."

 

Then you would not have been arrested for possession of up to 2 (two) ounces under the old Colorado statute.

 

They can and will still bust you for PUBLIC Display or Use, even after A64, no matter how much you have. And they "could" take you to jail for that, and you will face up to 15 days in jail as a penalty for that upon conviction, even after A64. And you will be arrested if you refuse to appear, or refuse to pay the fine, and will receive additional penalties for your bad attitude.

 

 @ekr990011 "Again what if you don't pay the 100$ fine? JAIL."

 

Refusing to appear in court, or refusing to pay the fine, are separate offenses. If you commit additional offenses, then you will be arrested for your obstinance. Same is true for traffic tickets.

 

I can tell from your puerile attitude that -- even after A64 -- you will find yourself arrested sooner or later ... probably sooner.

 

Stupid is as Stupid does.

 

 

 

 

 

ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay

For the world record wedgie of that thong up your ... about Grammar you sure seem to have terrible Grammar yourself.

Fail English Grammar.

ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay 

I never act like a jackass to the cops and the huge majority does not.

 

You sound like one of those idiots that has no opinion that you have actually thought about in you're life. Do you critically think? At least you made a real point I can respond to here, "NewsFlash[sic] -- if you act like a jackass to the cops, they'll arrest you even AFTER[sic] A64 ... to verify that your pot weighs less than 1 (one) pathetic ounce.

So you are correct if you act stupid and aggravate the cops you will get arrested but even if they weigh your pot as long as you have followed A64 there will be no ticket of any kind thus you would receive restitution if they tried to JAIL you. But with those 2 ounces they could JAIL you for 24 hours if not more under probable cause that more may be around or other criminal actions may have occurred since a fine already happened and they like to tack on as many charges as possible.

Plus it is a lot less likely for people to be unruly when they receive no fine then when they do receive one. 

Again what if you don't pay the 100$ fine? JAIL. So it was clearly not decriminalized.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ekr990011 

 

What part of NO JAIL for Simple Marijuana Possession of up to 2 ounces don't you comprehend?

 

You sound like one of those obnoxious clowns that the police would make an exception for and arrest on general principle -- for aggravated stupidity.

 

NewsFlash -- if you act like a jackass to the cops, they'll arrest you even AFTER A64 ... to verify that your pot weighs less than 1 (one) pathetic ounce. So asswipes like you will STILL end up in jail ... rightfully so.

 

 

 

 

 

ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay 

A mere summons or fine/penalty is enforced with the threat of arrest and JAIL. So those 100$ fines are contributing to JAIL time and let alone the 24 hours they can hold you for the initial seizure under probable cause that something more could be going on, meaning 24 hours in JAIL. A64 does not allow them to even give a fine/penalty thus not allowing them to have probable cause and detain you in JAIL for 24 hours.

So A64 really is not a failure, it is not as good as it should be but getting any freedoms back by any means necessary i.e. the state constitution is better than having none of them at all.

For public display it really is not that bad when you think about it compared to alcohol.

Except in a business holding a Colorado liquor license, public consumption of alcohol other than 3.2 percent beer is prohibited by state law. While public consumption of 3.2 percent beer is not prohibited by any state law in Colorado, cities and counties may instigate their own laws prohibiting its use.

It is also unlawful under Colorado law to take alcohol into a licensed establishment (restaurant, tavern, sports stadium), or an unlicensed establishment due to the regulation against public consumption.

If arrested for public intoxication In Colorado, you can go to jail to sober up for up to two days. If convicted, your fines could range between $400 and $900. The court may order community service with a possible probation period of three to six months.

So by your logic alcohol is not legal either.

US Constitutional Amendment 21 = Failure.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ekr990011

 

HipTip -- in practice, a Class 2 Petty Offense in Colorado is handled by a mere summons to appear in court at some future date. No arrest, just a ticket.

 

Simple Marijuana Possession of 2 (two) ounces or less is a class 2 petty offense -- for anyone without age restriction -- and carries a MAXIMUM penalty of a $100 fine -- NO JAIL.

 

Fact is, in Colorado, people do NOT normally get arrested for simple possession of up to 2 ounces ... unless they've committed some OTHER offense ... or have outstanding warrants for their arrest ... or they are acting like an obnoxious belligerent clown to the police.

 

Note -- PUBLIC DISPLAY or Use is NOT legal, even after A64, so the citations for violating that law will still occur, and that violation DOES include potential jail time.

 

A64 = Epic Fail.

 

ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay 

Already did thanks. This has yet to change that us law allows for 24 hours of detainment without even being aware of why you are detained. 24 hours of being held in jail.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ekr990011  Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 -- PACE -- ain't U$ law, moron.

 

Now run along and delete your PUBLIC EMBARRASSMENT.

 

 

ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay 

So far you have yet to make any point. You are clearly the moron I have been talking us law the whole time how about you do too?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ekr990011 This ain't the U.K., moron.

 

When you comprehend U$ law, get back to us.

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ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay 

? Your last comment quotes nothing of mine and so I need you to explain.

ekr990011
ekr990011

 @DonkeyHotay 

That is really funny because I am not one and you seem to have multiple errors in your grammar constantly so work on that.

 

edit; " So you're somewhat correct."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @ekr990011 "So your [sic] are somewhat correct."

 

Stoners + Grammar = FAIL!

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@hippie19623"Momas [sic] baby popas [sic] maybe what a same [sic] hope you meet him soon ."

 

Q.E.D.

 

 

hippie19623
hippie19623

@DonkeyHotay :so sad that people raise their kids this way. I bet he has never meet his father. Momas baby popas maybe what a same hope you meet him soon .

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @hippie19623  "youthe [sic] need to grow up."

 

Q.E.D.

 

HipTip -- work on obtaining your GED and you wont sound like such an ignorant imbecile.

 

 

hippie19623
hippie19623

@DonkeyHotay :youthe need to grow up.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @hippie19623  "Not looking to sale [sic] pot if i grow to [sic] much I'll give it way [sic]."

 

Stupid Stoner - Q.E.D.

 

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