Liquor sales okayed during 4/20 event at Civic Center Park but public pot smoking illegal

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More photos below.
As we've reported, city officials expect organizers of this weekend's 4/20 event at Denver's Civic Center Park to actively discourage public pot smoking -- an activity that's illegal under Colorado law. However, liquor will be sold and can be consumed at the McNichols Building on the Civic Center complex during the festival.

Among those who sees this situation as contradictory is Miguel Lopez, the 4/20 weekend's organizer who applied for the right to sell beer in the first place.

According to Lopez, the beer-sale request was submitted to Denver Arts & Venues, the city department that oversees the McNichols Building -- and it has been approved.

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A photo of the McNichols Building from the venue's Facebook page.
Lopez adds that "the beer and liquor will not be allowed outside the McNichols Building" during the two-day event, taking place Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20. "People can't just get it and go outside. It's in a controlled area."

Still, drinkers should be able to see what's going on outside through the structure's large windows and probably hear a muffled version of performances on the main talent stage, where artists such as Wyclef Jean and B.o.B. will be holding forth.

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Miguel Lopez.
Meanwhile, a series of speakers are slated to address assorted marijuana-related issues at the Civic Center's Greek Theater. While much of the media has started referring to this year's happening as a festival rather than a rally, Lopez stresses that it hasn't abandoned its activist roots.

"We maintain a strong political course and direction," he allows, and he pledges to funnel a percentage of the proceeds from the more commercial aspects of the gathering into good works.

Among the topics certain to be addressed by guest commentators is public marijuana smoking. As Lopez points out, "the 4/20 rally opposed Amendment 64" -- the measure that made it legal for adults age 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of cannabis -- "knowing that the [no-public-smoking] regulations would be a problem not just for the rally, but for everybody in general."

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Another photo from the McNichols Building's Facebook page shows the venue's interior.
In fact, he says the application for the 4/20 event stated that its purpose was in part to "protest federal prohibition and public-consumption laws."

Afterward, those who light up in the park could face citations from the Denver Police Department. But anyone who's thirsty can amble over to the McNichols Building and belly up to the bar.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Marijuana archive circa March 11: "Marijuana: City expects 4/20 rally organizers to discourage pot smoking at festival."

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter


    Big $$ Dispensary Cartel BANS Marijuana Use by Employees !!


DENVER (AP) — Workers for one of Colorado's biggest marijuana businesses can be fired for smoking pot on the job, or using cocaine any time.


The employees learned Wednesday of the policy at O.penVAPE, which sells cartridges filled with cannabis oil and other products in Colorado, California and Washington.


Colorado has legalized the sale and use of marijuana. But under federal law it is illegal and deemed dangerous, like cocaine. O.penVAPE, which employs more than 125 people in Colorado, says it sees a distinction between cannabis and other drugs.




RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Attention Donkey and anyone else who may have been fooled into believing that the Constitution bans public consumption of cannabis:  see below.

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The reason Alcohol is allowed and Pot is not is because the Alcohol Industry isn't STUPID ENOUGH to write legislation that EXPLICITLY BANS public use and consumption of alcohol ...


... unlike the IDIOTS and MORONS who wrote that festering turd A64 and put it forever into the Colorado Constitution.


Reap what ye sow, stupid stoners.

Megan Grossman-Bassett
Megan Grossman-Bassett

Wtf, the entire point of 420, is the freedom to smoke, so people can go get drunk n then hop in there cars, cause that's really safe...

Jeff Williams
Jeff Williams

wow i can't believe this. i understand the business factor but at a 420 rally. no weed but beer after a drunk driver took out a leading activist what a slap in the face. R.I.P. Ms. Kush

Sonja Smith
Sonja Smith

Its their secret way of wanting violence to happen so they can blame it on the mj. There is always an alterior motive with what they do. If they were to allow mj and not alcohol they wouldnt have any stories to report except peace and happiness amongst a non violent happy group of people. They know they have to add alcohol to get their news stories.

Don Pennington
Don Pennington

They are allowing booze to insure there will be a problem. . Its so they can and will enforce us more. Prolly so the media can make a bad story about weed...

Gregory Bryant
Gregory Bryant

That's dumb, people will be calm while smoking. They get angry when drinking.

Alexandra Lesha Reeves Jones
Alexandra Lesha Reeves Jones

Do people need to rally its legal. Maybe rally in the other states where cops like to pull over Colorado plates becuase they all assume we are cheech and chong.

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

Kind of like they're trying to make a huge negative spectacle out of the rally. How's dumb sneaky idea was this, anyway?

Matt Pekar
Matt Pekar

I'd never attend, but it's obviously being setup to fail. FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!

Burton Bailey
Burton Bailey

Come get drunk and drive home, but don't get high and walk home safely, cuz that makes sense. . .

Ruben Pacheco
Ruben Pacheco

Worst idea in the world. Please don't drink and drive.

Denisse Lomas
Denisse Lomas

Now lets see how many shootings or stabbings we will read about

Tunisha Hayward
Tunisha Hayward

That's so right@radel Rydel Michael...and on that note... I was going, but not now.....thanks

Eric Luvender
Eric Luvender

I said years ago I wouldn't attend again if Mr. Lopez is involved. This will be the third i've missed in over 15 years. Blaze one for Ken y'all.

Michael Rydel
Michael Rydel

Not an excuse to shut it down, but to arrest people. beside making the 200%+ profit off over priced beer, its a Huge part of how all of them make money. State, Police, Court, Judges, Jails. if there was No crime, they would all be out of work. Everything around you is a Corporation and they do things to make money, one way or another, they dont do it to provide fun for the party goers, they dont give a rats ass..

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase  


A64 text: 


NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PERMIT CONSUMPTION THAT IS CONDUCTED OPENLY AND PUBLICLY OR IN A MANNER THAT ENDANGERS OTHERS. 


A20 text: 


No patient shall:

(II) Engage in the medical use of marijuana in plain view of, or in a place open to, the general public.


,,,,

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Exactly how has 64 reduced one's ability to smoke pot in public?  It wasn't legal before 64, it isn't legal after 64.  If you look closely, THERE IS NO CHANGE! 

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay If you are trying to insinuate that our Constitution bans public consumption of cannabis, you are completely wrong; since you are smart enough to understand what the Constitution says on the subject, you are lying.  The statewide ban on public consumption is the responsibility of the General Assembly, which ignored the People's declaration that cannabis "should be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol"; if cannabis is to be regulated like alcohol, local governments should issue permits for its public consumption as they routinely do for the public consumption of alcohol.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Not hard to read between those lines, Megan. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Strong post, Jeff. We're going to feature it as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... what's a "prolly" you daft dipshit?

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Let's hope the violence from last year doesn't repeat itself. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Don.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

A strong point, Burton. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

We're hoping for no shootings and stabbings, Denisse, but we understand the concern. Thanks for weighing in.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Tip for you: it's always been illegal. The question of whether you "can smoke" has always been "hazy."

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Correct. The state the county, and the city are all corporations, and they're just as selfish as any other.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga <== too stupid to catch a clue.


A64 EXPLICITLY outlawed it, FOREVER, by placing that PROHIBITION into the Colorado Constitution.


A64 could have easily granted the RIGHT to use marijuana, in public places, if the authors had a fucking clue.


What IDIOTS write a supposedly "pro-marijuana" amendment, then include permanent PROHIBITIONS against marijuana in it ??



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase


@RobertChase <== lying dilettante


A64 text: 


NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PERMIT CONSUMPTION THAT IS CONDUCTED OPENLY AND PUBLICLY OR IN A MANNER THAT ENDANGERS OTHERS. 


A20 text: 


No patient shall:

(II) Engage in the medical use of marijuana in plain view of, or in a place open to, the general public.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@michael.roberts -- and I am going to point out that most fb posters cannot be bothered to/are unable to read using their mobile device others' comments.  Did you deliberately suppress the small detail that alcohol is to be made available only to VIPs in order to whet interest?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@michael.robertsYou make it sound like the crowd was violent. "The violence" was one asshole with a gun who decided to hunt down someone he thought would be there. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@michael.roberts  ... she doesn't see your reply, thanks to the idiotic LiveFyre software you clowns squandered $100k+ on.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... what part of A64 explicitly, permanently prohibits public use, and puts that prohibition in the Constitution forever don't you comprehend?


Now, even if they were so inclined to allow it, the Legislature will forever point to A64's prohibitions as "The Will of the Stoners / Voters" and defer from changing it.


You fucked yourselves with your own fucked-up amendment.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay When you call someone stupid that is obviously vastly more intelligent than you "stupid," you sound like a child.


Before 64, no public use.  After 64, no public use.  Even you ought to be able to understand that.  Let me know if I need to simplify this even further for you.



RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  So you either fail to understand the meaning of Article XVIII, Section 16 (3)(d) or more likely are deliberately misrepresenting it knowing that you can fool some readers.  Quoting the sentence from which you excerpted part of the text:

"Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the following acts are not unlawful and shall not be an offense under Colorado law or the law of any locality within Colorado or be a basis for seizure or forfeiture of assets under Colorado law for persons twenty-one years of age or older: ...
(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."

The provision states that it does not permit open consumption of cannabis; it does not state that the open consumption of cannabis is prohibited either, nor is there any provision in Section 16 making the open consumption of cannabis criminal.  The effect of (3)(d) is to allow the Legislature and municipal governments to continue to proscribe the public consumption of cannabis by statute and ordinance, respectively, not to proscribe it itself.  The Colorado General Assembly and Denver City Council can both rescind their bans and public consumption be allowed subject to the same kinds of local ordinances governing the sales and consumption of alcohol by permit at events, and the People's declaration that cannabis "should be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol" implies that they should.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @michael.roberts-- which lost three of my comments yesterday; it proved impossible to point out that economics and border security have slowed the flood of economic migration across the US-Mexico border to a trickle.

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