Vail to tighten medical pot laws |

Vail to tighten medical pot laws

Lauren Glendenning
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

VAIL ,Colo. – The town of Vail couldn’t have predicted that marijuana would be legal for some local residents when it removed some possession laws from the town code five years ago.

Fast-forward a few years, and Town Attorney Matt Mire wants the Town Council to approve two town prohibitions on marijuana – one for possession without the proper legal documentation or medical license, and another for openly displaying, consuming or using cannabis.

The laws aren’t technically new laws, but old laws that were deleted from the code because they were redundant – marijuana was illegal in general, so the specific laws weren’t necessary, Mire said.

He said now that medical marijuana licenses are becoming more common, the town needs to write the laws so those with medical marijuana licenses don’t also walk around on public streets while smoking dope.

Tuesday, a day when pot advocates rallied for legislation around the country, the town approved the first reading of the ordinance, with Councilwoman Kim Newbury casting the only dissenting vote. Councilwoman Margaret Rogers was absent.

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