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Denver police defend stand down at pot giveaway

Published On: Sep 11 2013 12:53:53 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 11 2013 12:57:41 PM CDT
Denver Police

DENVER -

Denver police are defending their decision to stand down while dozens of people lit up marijuana cigarettes at a free pot giveaway in Civic Center park.

Deputy Chief David Quinones tells the Denver Post the department didn't want to incite a riot Monday over a petty offense.
    
Hundreds of people lined up to get free pot during an event organized by opponents of a statewide ballot question over taxing retail marijuana sales.
    
The measure on the November ballot asks Colorado voters to approve a 15 percent excise tax plus a 10 percent statewide sales tax on all retail marijuana purchases.

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