Marijuana smokers should not think that the passage on Nov. 6 of Amendment 64, which legalizes the use and possession 1 ounce or less of marijuana for recreational use for adults, means they can light up just anywhere.
Woodland Park Police Chief Robert Larson stated in an email that the amendment doesn't allow the use of marijuana in public.
Section 3 of the amendment prohibits: “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.”
“So we will cite people if they are caught smoking marijuana in public,” he states. “(It would) most likely a petty offense. We would cite into Teller County Court.”
Woodland Park City Council has already approved on first reading an ordinance that changes city code to make it consistent with Amendment 64 in regards to the use or possession of marijuana by youths younger than 18 and those between the ages of 18 and 21. Once the ordinance is passed on second reading, cases against juveniles will go to Woodland Park Municipal Court and if it is a first offence, possibly to the city's Teen Court. Young adults 18-21 will be cited to Teller County Court.
Also remember that since the consumption and possession of marijuana is still considered illegal by the federal government, no amount of marijuana can be carried onto federal lands such as national forests and parks. About 36 percent of Colorado is federal land.
While Amendment 64 allows people to grow up to six plants for private use, many municipalities, including Woodland Park, have already prohibited or placed a moratorium on the establishment of new retail marijuana-related businesses. The state legislature is supposed to come up with rules governing recreational marijuana by July 1.