Denver's official marijuana website: Welcome to the world of "No!"

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Yesterday, the City of Denver launched a marijuana website on Colorado.gov" -- a key element in what a release calls "a public education effort" prior to the January 1 kickoff of retail pot sales. But while the assorted pages sport apparently non-ironic references to Denver as "the Mile High City," the tone of the graphics and text is the opposite of welcoming, with the vast majority of the info focused on what people can't do as opposed to what they can. The result suggests officials frankly terrified by what will happen just over three weeks from now. See examples aplenty below.

The landing page of the site features flash graphics that cycle through the following six warnings:

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The rest of the site is divided up into four sections using a question-and-answer format. We've reproduced the first of these -- "Residents & Visitors" -- in its entirety below, but here's a sample that'll give you a feel for the don't-push-your-luck approach:
Can I consume marijuana in a licensed retail store?

Answer -- No, it is illegal to consume marijuana in or around a licensed store. It is also illegal to smoke at indoor-but-public locations such as bars, restaurants and common areas in buildings.

Are marijuana "social clubs" or "coffee shops" permitted?

Answer -- No. These businesses are not permitted.

What are the consequences if I violate marijuana laws?

Answer -- Penalties range from a fine to a possible jail or prison sentence. Colorado State Statutes and Denver Revised Municipal Code spell out the specific penalties for various violations.

Other pages on the site take a similar tack.

Continue for more about Denver's official marijuana website, including additional posters and graphics.


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Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Yet, despite all of the PSA's regarding drunken driving, people still get behind the wheel after boozing it up. What makes you this would make any difference? Derp

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

No, Nicky, that is how mockery is masterfully employed as a response to self-aggrandizing drivel. Live and learn, kiddo.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Willing to bet Nicky, as a mere embryo, was seconds away from being aborted by a remorseful mother. Of course, after being talked out of what would have been a wise decision, she decided to unleash this DWEEB spawn upon the rest of civilized society.

Karen Erickson
Karen Erickson

If it's illegal to drive high, people need to know. I see nothing wrong with posting that. It's information being shared to keep your buns out of jail and your money in your pocket.

Nicholas C. Naranjo
Nicholas C. Naranjo

Willing to bet Sterling Meeks is a result of alcoholism. Either that or he was dropped on his head as a baby.

Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

Always has been..its gonna be a big deal now woop de doo!

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

This is 'Murkah. We ain't gon' act responzbul if we ain't gotz tol....dat der commie talk, boy!

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"No, honey, Timmy''s just a little drunk from the craft piss I let him sample and only pretending to be high to impress his pals. Nothing to be alarmed at."

Trevor Jacques
Trevor Jacques

oh really? it hasn't always been? considering what a huge problem its always been its amazing you dont hear about it more. crazy! *rolls eyes*

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

The government only needs to enforce the law, it doesn't need to endorse or promote smoking pot. I think it's great that there's a resource for people to learn more about the new law.

Will Hayden
Will Hayden

Anyone hear the radio commercial from Strainwise telling you to smoke up before you do your holiday shopping to reduce the stress of the parking lots? Pretty stupid. I'll still do it, but they shouldn't go around saying it publicly.

Anthony Anrig
Anthony Anrig

Very yes. I work in the mmj industry and if we want to keep this in our economy we need to play by the rules and most of all just act responsible.

Russell Hammer
Russell Hammer

5 ng per ml of delta 9 thc. That elimates in hours not days. You are right that other metabolites will remain long after THC is gone

tony514
tony514

ye i think its a good idea to let people know the law since its new . i hate when i get busted for crap and i never knew it was against the law

Gary Gordon
Gary Gordon

Oh, give people some credit. Most would understand it (or some variation thereof) just fine - they just don't have the attention spans to read all the way to the end! My other objection is that "high" is antiquated and it sounds ridiculous from somebody who's not... "Oh my God, Timmy, are you.... High!!?"

Kyle Kerley
Kyle Kerley

Have you been out in the real world lately? People are stupid. Really stupid. "Driving under the influence of a controlled substance" is far too wordy and difficult for the masses to understand. They understand "high," though.

Arthur Esquandolas
Arthur Esquandolas

A 2002 review of seven separate studies involving 7,934 drivers reported, “Crash culpability studies have failed to demonstrate that drivers with cannabinoids in the blood are significantly more likely than drug-free drivers to be culpable in road crashes.”

Wesley Davis
Wesley Davis

I guess all the people with lifted trucks are F*@ked

Carol Pinard
Carol Pinard

There are people inconsiderate enough to smoke pen vapes on the bus and fattys at the bus station so why not let people drive high if we are going to fall into the category of classless assholes anyway. I smoke but keep that shit at home people..... or at least away from crowds...inclosed spaces... or other inappropriate locations.

Stephanie Sarad
Stephanie Sarad

Its illegal to have 5 nanograms of cannabinoids in your blood while driving. So basically if u smoked in the last two-three weeks ur fucked

Derek Adam Lahr
Derek Adam Lahr

medicated? is that what they mean? then over 85% of the world drives "high" & or medicated. im curious to see how they will regulate this. i myself consider myself medicated when influenced by cannabis.

Addison Guidichessi
Addison Guidichessi

what's the point? people do most of the things the laws prohibit illegally every day.

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

Yes: It's a good idea to remind people.

Gary Gordon
Gary Gordon

"High" is a colloquialism. I hate it when the government talks down to its citizens.

Shawna Higel
Shawna Higel

Well it's illegal to drive drunk too, but I see people at events get wasted off their asses and still drive...so whatever

Lee Edward Miller
Lee Edward Miller

Not at all. It is reinforcing that on the street is different than on the front porch. Everyone needs to just do as what the law states and this is a reminder.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Well, reviewing the catchy little statements, the first is wrong already. It is illegal to consume it openly and publicly.

The second is wrong too. It is illegal to take it to another state in which it is illegal.

The fourth is inaccurate. It is illegal to sell it to people under 21, not just minors.

The last is inaccurate. 5ng/ml has been shown to be no indicator of whether the subject is high--whatever that means (I doubt it has a legal definition.)

I'm sure there are tons of other inaccuracies, and I'm sure they favor the opinions of law enforcement with the impressions they leave.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... have you suffered a traumatic brain injury lately?


1)  It is illegal to consume it openly and publicly.

And the clueless fuckwits who wrote A64 FAILED to legally define that term in A64, so it was left up to lawmakers and politicians to determine the scope and coverage. Another EPIC LEGAL FAIL from lyin' Brian Vicente.



2) It is illegal to take it to another state in which it is illegal.


Unless you can magically get it to that other state without crossing State lines, it is illegal INTERSTATE transportation, regardless of source or destination state.



3) It is illegal to sell it to people under 21, not just minors.


Correct, exactly as the Prohibitionist Scumbags who wrote and supported A64 wanted it -- NO LEGAL ACCESS to any rec. marijuana for ANY ADULT under 21 -- under FULL PENALTY of CRIMINAL LAW.



4) 5ng/ml has been shown to be no indicator of whether the subject is high--whatever that means.


Which is exactly why the McShysters behind NORML support such an absurd limit -- huge $$$ windfall for their criminal DUI defense McLawyers.



Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Here's a whopper: "Medical marijuana requires a state red card."

Nope. Retail purchase of it as medical does.

It's also obvious that they're sticking with "consume publicly" instead of "consume openly and publicly," which has a tremendous impact if you're going to reach for making it illegal in Taxis, etc.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident

However openly is defined, publicly is not openly and publicly. Aside from that, I'd refer anyone to occam's razor, by which I mean that they included the words "openly and" for a reason, which would distinguish it from simply "publicly." That's a legal principle, by the way.

It's called an airplane, and you should review recent stories about that. In the case that it is a neighboring state (aka Arizona, which has reciprocity) it's also legal.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... until you prove there isn't a pink unicorn flying around the 4th moon of Jupiter, we'll never know.



btw -- failing to define terms in new legislation, especially critical elements of contentious law, is only ASKING for problems and heartbreak. 


Do note that the same words/terms often have wildly different definitions and meanings in different laws, even contradictory, so there is no standard for undefined terms. 


Only a COMPLETE IDIOT would attempt to write contentious legislation without clearly and unambiguously defining crucial subject matter phrases, to wit -- A64.


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident

Until it gets tested in this context, we'll never know. It's also not my theory. It's been used in numerous cases.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "It is obviously prohibited by an unconstitutional federal law"


So it *is* illegal ...


... until such time as you get appointed to the SCOTUS and manage to convince the majority of your legal "theory".


Noted.


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident

It is obviously prohibited by an unconstitutional federal law (or they wouldn't have amended the constitution to prohibit alcohol.) There's always more to the story than you would have people believe.

By the way, it is not necessary to define every word in a statute within that statute (to do so would be impossible.) It is customary to define new terms.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident

Go ahead and and pull a clause out of a sentence and pretend it's a quotation. You're known for pulling that shit, and the next time you make a claim based on your database of such quotes, I'll just point that out.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident

Yeah, I do. When are you going to pull your head out of your ass? 

If you want to go down that road, pot's illegal. Period

Obviously, that doesn't help any, but knowing the specifics might.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... that the TSA POLICY is they won't bother enforcing EXISTING Federal Law against INTERSTATE transport of marijuana in certain instances does NOT NEGATE the CRIMINALITY of the CONDUCT.


hth.


for review -- INTERSTATE Transport of Marijuana is ILLEGAL, even between MMJ states with reciprocity.


Any questions?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay


…and said interpretation often includes the scrutiny to which I referred.

You should tell the TSA about your interpretation of the illegality of said transport, because they disagree.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... if it's not defined in the STATUTE or Law itself, then it leaves the interpretation and final definition up to the LAWMAKERS -- prohibitionist politicians -- and/or courts to determine ... as when the DOR defined "motor vehicles" to include vehicles that do NOT have a motor, or when the courts interpreted "deadly weapon" to include objects which are NOT deadly.



Vicente & Sederberg obviously failed Legislative Lawmaking ... or they did it on purpose. More post-fiasco consulting and legal $$ for them to get paid fixing their own fuckups ... at the expense of the taxpayers, patients and pot users.



PS -- what part of INTERSTATE transportation is ILLEGAL don't you comprehend? 


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