Pot laws could be on Breckenridge ballot
Aspen, CO Colorado
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – Marijuana laws could be coming up for a public vote in Breckenridge.
A marijuana advocacy group is gathering signatures to put pot laws to voters in municipal elections this fall. The group wants to see an ordinance to remove all criminal penalties from the town code for the private use of marijuana, under 1 ounce, by adults 21 and older.
Smoking in public and drugged driving would remain illegal.
The proposal has the support of some town officials. Breckenridge Town Councilman Jeffrey Bergeron joined an affidavit filed in support of the ballot initiative.
“It’s a cause I believe in, and I think the initiative reflects the will of the people of Breck,” Bergeron said. “I don’t think there’s any public safety concerns in regards to an adult possessing less than one ounce of marijuana.”
Local police, though, oppose the initiative.
“I worry about the collateral affect of the youth of the community,” Breckenridge Police chief told the Summit Daily News. Holman pointed out that even if the initiative were passed, marijuana would still be illegal under state and federal law.
The group pushing the initiative, called Sensible Breckenridge, says they don’t see why alcohol is legal but pot isn’t.
“The main issue is marijuana is safer than alcohol,” said Sensible Breckenridge’s Josh Kappel.
Marijuana possession is currently a misdemeanor in Breckenridge.
“This would give the police an opportunity to use their time in another direction, like keeping drunk drivers off the road,” Bergeron said.
Sensible Breckenridge is looking for volunteers to gather signatures to place the initiative on the ballot.
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