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New marijuana laws in Colorado Springs

Published On: Mar 13 2013 04:08:02 AM CDT

City Council revises, creates ordinances to fall in line with state legalization from Amendment 64.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

On Tuesday, the Colorado Springs City Council revised or passed three ordinances aimed at helping police enforce legalized marijuana laws.

First, the council revised the existing ordinance that made the drug illegal.  That ordinance now reflects state law created by voter-approved Amendment 64 last fall, which allows adults 21 and older to possess an ounce or less for recreational use.

Medical marijuana patients with a valid card can legally have two ounces.  However, Deputy Police Chief Vince Niski said he wasn't sure if users legally can have three ounces by combining recreational and medical use of the drug.

Councilwoman Brandy Williams said the city needs more ordinances relating to legalized marijuana.   

"How's it going to be in clubs, or in buildings that are private," she asked. "What will you do with limousines and second-hand smoke concerns?  There's a long way to go when it comes to really what Amendment 64 is going to require out of the local municipalities."

Williams expects the state Legislature will pass more laws after considering recent recommendations from a task force appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The council also passed two new ordinances banning marijuana use in public, and in vehicles on public property.
   
Police had asked for the ordinance to make enforcement easier.

Niski said possession of more than three but less than 12 ounces is a misdemeanor and violators will receive a court summons.  Possession of any amount above 12 ounces requires an arrest and booking in jail, he said.    

The council passed all three marijuana ordinances unanimously Tuesday.  Niski said he wasn't aware of how many arrests have resulted from violations of legalized marijuana laws.

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