Marijuana brownies contests nixed at Routt County Fair: No green ribbon for you!

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The authors of Amendment 64 understood that the measure, which allows adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana, would have far-reaching effects at every level of Colorado society. But did they consider whether the law would allow marijuana-related bake-offs at county fairs?

Hard to say. But Routt County residents who were hoping to compete at this year's event for the best pot brownies are going to be bitterly disappointed.

This grim news was delivered by Steamboat Today, which reports about a recent Routt County Board of Commissioners meeting. Officials there were asked by members of the fair's board to ban pot from the Hayden-based fairgrounds during the event, scheduled to take place from August 15 to 18 -- a move that would also cover exhibits focusing on what are referred to as "home arts."

Fairgrounds manager Jill Delay told the commissioners that the issue first cropped up, as it were, at a session in November, the same month Amendment 64 was approved by a majority of Colorado voters.

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Tim Corrigan.
"It started as a joke when we said, 'What are we going to do if people bring in marijuana plants or baked goods?'" Delay said. "In the past, people have brought in noxious weeds as a joke, and we have a rule that noxious weeds are not allowed. Then we thought, 'Well, maybe it's not so funny.'"

Certainly not to the commissioners -- but putting the kibosh on cannabis edibles wasn't as easy as first imagined. The initial request for a resolution banning the "possession and display of marijuana at the Routt County Fairgrounds" suggested that the rule would be "similar to the no-alcohol resolution." But while the latter edict prevents people from walking around with open booze containers, it allows events like home beer-brewing contests. And last year, the fair featured a beer garden.

Clearly, officials didn't want to sanction another kind of garden -- one with living, growing marijuana plants, as opposed to drunk people. And if that meant favoring users of one intoxicant over another, so be it. In the words of Commissioner Tim Corrigan, "We're comfortable with that inconsistency."

By meeting's end, Assistant County Attorney Erick Knaus had been empowered to draft a resolution that would ban marijuana on all county property, including the fairgrounds. It will likely deem a person with weed guilty of trespassing if he's asked to leave but doesn't.

That way, no one will be able to say the Routt County Fair has gone to pot.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Gregg Nelson reportedly fails to enjoy beautiful Colorado scenery thanks to pot brownie."

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stuka1
stuka1

"But Routt County residents who were hoping to compete at this year's event for the best pot brownies are going to be bitterly disappointed."

WaitWhat?

Were there actually any residents who came forward as wanting to have a pot-brownie bake-off? From the story, it appears that the Board of Commissioners were sitting around shooting the shit and scared themselves into writing up totally unnecessary legislation providing a "solution" to a problem that wasn't there.

More ignorant hysteria -- the sky is falling, the sky is falling! Just like Henny Penny Nixonlooper and his mythical legions of teens he claims will become homeless because of A64. 

How the fuck is this news?

tony514
tony514

Lets just make it legal for real sounds more like they want to make it more legal.  but its not sounding legal legal...or lets not do it at all.to many tight wads who are afraid of what other may think im betting the other 95% dont have a problem.maybe the other 5% of the country can crowd in a state like kansas and eat gernola and play shuffle board and can remain excited that they are undercontroll and out of reach of people with free minds.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

They didn't have to worry much about the plants, as public display is not allowed by A64. Baked goods should be okay as long as not publicly enjoyed (and that IS a buzz kill.)

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Compleatly legal for the state to do, thanks A64.

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

@ Matt. Don't know, nothing much yet set in stone. Save the verdict for whatever happens in 2014 and how the Feds respond.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Puerile Pot Punks Pissing on their own Parade.


Ed Haas
Ed Haas

Makes sense. Might be kind of hard to have ample security at an event that's typically family oriented and there's a ton of kids around.

Matt Baca
Matt Baca

How's that "legalization" suiting us Colorado?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Matt Baca ... like a giant FIST ... without any lube.


tony514
tony514

@DonkeyHotay AKA kid ,who named himself jack ass...o yea please get a life don't worry about what I speak youre a donk.!

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