Video: Marijuana-smoking celebration at Space Needle type of event Denver DA hopes to avoid

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At midnight, Initiative 502, Washington state's equivalent of Amendment 64, went into effect -- and a huge throng gathered at the Space Needle to celebrate the occasion with public toking; see the video below. It's precisely the sort of event the Denver District Attorney is trying to prevent by warning that public consumption remains against the law -- a rule emphasized by a recent charge added to a minor case that would have otherwise been dismissed.

As we reported earlier this week, an attorney says his client was arrested in September on charges of possessing marijuana (less than a gram, the lawyer maintains) and paraphernalia (a pipe). Those are the sort of counts the Denver DA's office implied it would dismiss after Amendment 64's passage -- but rather than doing so in this case, a new allegation of public consumption was added after the others were dropped, keeping the case alive.

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The scene at the Space Needle a few hours ago, from the video below.
In explaining such moves in a general sense (the attorney declined to provide specifics about the case), Denver DA's office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough told us, "We really wanted to get the word out that public consumption is still against the law."

Does that mean Denver police will crack down on this offense once the Colorado law goes into effect, presumably on or before the first week of January? Well, officers tend to give a free pass to most folks at the annual 4/20 bash at Civic Center Park -- and the Seattle police took a similar approach last night, despite public consumption also being verboten there. Here's how it's explained in a hilarious press release put out by the city's department last night and shared by our sister paper, the Seattle Weekly:

Until further notice, officers shall not take any enforcement action -- other than to issue a verbal warning -- for a violation of I-502.

So why won't SPD be citing people for openly using marijuana in public? Here's where things get a bit complicated for your friendly neighborhood police department: the Seattle Police Department is in the business of law enforcement and, as of today, the Revised Code of Washington or Seattle Municipal Code don't contain anything that gives officers clear direction on how to deal with the provisions of I-502 prohibiting public use of marijuana. What's more, it could take at least another 30 days for the state or city to craft legislation which would give officers the ability to cite not-so-courteous people for lighting up in public.

In the meantime, in keeping with the spirit of I-502, the department's going to give you a generous grace period to help you adjust to this brave, new, and maybe kinda stoned world we live in.

The midnight December 6 enactment time is actually in the language of I-502 -- but there's no such equivalent in Amendment 64. That may explain why Governor John Hickenlooper is being cagey about when he'll actually sign A64. Presumably, he'd rather avoid scenes like those seen in the first video below.

As for the second clip, it features the principals at Washington's Diego Pellicer, described as a "premium marijuana company," marking the stroke of midnight by drinking champagne instead of blazing up.

No, we're not kidding. See for yourself here.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: Is Denver adding charges to keep minor pot cases alive after Amendment 64?"

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robertweller
robertweller

later they said today is the deadline. 

robertweller
robertweller

the secretary of state's office says they will deliver the certification to the governor's office tomorrow. they say this is the fastest they have ever done it.  i thought they only hd 30 days.

robertweller
robertweller

Gessler and Hickenlooper are delaying certification of the law. They just don't understand democracy. The people have spoken.

Monkey
Monkey

Celebrate the new law by breaking it, I love it!! I doubt our local police will allow a grace period for excited stoners, Seattle seems a little more understanding of new found freedoms, and realize people often abuse their freedom. Will Colorado realize it's not so bad to look the other way? Or will our police be proud of all the tickets they write after our amendment is official? Boulder banned smoking on the pearl street mall, but they're giving the people a warning for a month, to get used to it. Maybe they should allow public weed smoking for a month too, so the people who thought A64 legalized weed can get used to it still being illegal. I didn't know smoking was banned and I didn't know smoking weed in public is banned are both considered ignorance of the law, why would one be ok for a month and the other is not?

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

Santa is really looking forward to the cookies in colorado this Christmas!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Puerile Pot Punks are as Puerile Pot Punks do!

A64 does NOT allow any Public Display or Use.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

Cannabis is a social drug and should be celebrated in a social mechanism like a party!

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Can´t smoke in public, (d) CONSUMPTION OF MARIJUANA, PROVIDED THAT NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PERMIT CONSUMPTION THAT IS CONDUCTED OPENLY AND PUBLICLY OR IN A MANNER THAT ENDANGERS OTHERS. Please get real journilists, Michael Roberts has a bias and does not report the facts.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

(d) CONSUMPTION OF MARIJUANA, PROVIDED THAT NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PERMIT CONSUMPTION THAT IS CONDUCTED OPENLY AND PUBLICLY OR IN A MANNER THAT ENDANGERS OTHERS.You suck as a journilist, Michael Roberts. 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Denver NEEDS it's OWN space Needle !

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

Psst...it's an event, not likely to happen regularly, except perhaps on 420, and we all know how "disorderly" those are. /sarcasm

if you don't make a big deal about it, nothing notable will happen.

Sean Gronbeck
Sean Gronbeck

Repeal hillbilly 1800s wild west politics from Colorado and it will be nice to live here.. also annex Douglas county that place is more backwards than salt lake city.

Dave Shuck
Dave Shuck

There were near-riots reported in many convenience stores throughout the Seattle area. It's being called the Great Cheeto and Goldfish shortage of 2012. (Ain't that right, Gub'na?)

Jason Garrison
Jason Garrison

Whats the different from 4-20? looks the same to me

David Spohn
David Spohn

Fuck HickenPooper! We need to oust that arse out of office!! Tell him to stick his ingnorant Ding Dong statement up his arse!

Andrea Mérida
Andrea Mérida

I wonder what it was like when the Volstead Act was finally repealed.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

@robertweller Must be time to begin calling the Governor's office every day and ask him to sign the will of the people into law.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@robertweller  ... and you don't understand Due Process ... it ain't law until the Governor signs it ... so wait your turn.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Monkey We'll be watching this issue closely, Monkey. Thanks for the post.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

@tutonehcc Cannabis is an herb. It should be consumed however the consumer wishes (and I've got no problem with THIS context.)

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

@CoreyDonahue I think you can smoke in public as long as you are not offending anyone

Monkey
Monkey

@Andrea Mérida People could possess and use alcohol during the Volstead Act, it never outlawed possession or use. Funny how the end of marijuana prohibition is more restrictive than alcohol restrictions during alcohol prohibition. Stoners still have less respect than alcohol drinkers during prohibition, what a step forward, huh.

robertweller
robertweller

@DonkeyHotay @robertweller as usual you use a term you do not understand. it is not relevant here. the governor doesn't have to wait. he can if he likes. and blow off the will of the people.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc ... are stoners languishing in prison if vapid imbeciles like you ignore their suffering?

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

@BackOffImStarving Oh, I am sorry I though journilists were to report the news not make up the news. I have a question to pose.  WHERE THE FUCK IS THE SIX MIN CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE NIXONLOOPER AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?  It is almost somthing to marval at, how easily you can all be turned it to retarded slaves that believe anything the government feeds your sparce mind. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey @Andrea Mérida 

The perverse reality is that Stoners have less SELF-respect than the average drunkard.

The 21st Amendment repealed the Volstead Act -- 19th Amendment -- in its ENTIRETY ... no bullshit baby-step half-ass measures.

Stupid Stoners deserve the failures they bargain for.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident 

Yet when it came time for the Voters/Citizens of Colorado to do something about it -- they passed such a PATHETIC amendment to the Constitution that NOT ONE SINGLE person will be prevented from going to Prison for marijuana crimes!

Epic Fail!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

@tutonehcc The United States LEADS the "civilized" WORLD in percentage of the population incarcerated, a huge portion of whom are there for victimless crimes or crimes related to the drug war.

Go ahead! Embrace fascism!

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Why do you hate prison and people in prison so much?  At any given time 5% of the US is incarcerated, it's not that bad, try it sometime you will see.  I'm still your recreational caregiver.

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