The Pueblo West View

Council split over toking in the yard

City Council isn’t in any hurry to license commercial marijuana stores in Pueblo, but a slight majority think city residents can use it on their own property — front porch, front yard, you name it.

“Don’t people already smoke pot on their front porches?” laughed Council President Steve Nawrocki.

Maybe. But police Chief Luis Velez has said that — unless council instructs otherwise — city residents should not use marijuana in any “public” fashion, including their yards.

Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana, bans its use in public places. Last month, the Denver City Council voted to let people smoke marijuana in their own yards and on porches — largely because Denver police said they wouldn’t waste time writing those tickets.

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