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Denver Police Won't Actively Seek Pot-Smoking Scofflaws, Chief Says

December 30, 2013  | 

Photo via eggrole/Flickr.
Photo via eggrole/Flickr.

Extra Denver police officers will be on hand to protect patrons of newly legalized recreational pot shops on Wednesday, but they won't be actively looking to arrest them if they light up in public, reports the Denver Post.

"I am not going to have a team of officers specifically going out looking for people smoking marijuana," Police Chief Robert White says. "If we get complaints or run into it, we're certainly going to investigate it. We have to balance our resources as it relates to addressing these issues."

The legalization of recreational marijuana has created new gray areas for the police department, which is still wrangling with how strictly to enforce laws against public consumption of the drug. The City Council this month approved rules banning the display or distribution of marijuana on the 16th Street Mall or streets around it and in city parks.

White says he plans to issue a training bulletin by Wednesday reminding officers about the nuances of the new rules.

Comments (9)

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kevcop @ 12/30/2013 4:15 PM

I hope the folks investing in these types of businesses realize that banks won't do trade with you since Feds consider it drug money laundering. We in L.E. know that dirty money is setting up these businesses, funneling illegal drug money into these "legal" businesses. If a conservative Republican or for that matter a sane Democrat becomes President next time around look for large Federal raids and seizing of ALL assets under RICO. I hope this happens ASAP and I will not be able to stop laughing! Colorado made the fatal error of making pot legal for everyone, skirting the phony "medical marijuana" crap other states try and pass off as "medication" for ill folks, yeah right! Lets see how high the death rate rises due to T/As involving MJ intoxication. I hope Co. and Wa. get what they deserve.

SanJosePD @ 12/30/2013 4:36 PM

I have to disagree with my fellow officer above. Every asshole I have ever dealt with in the last 20 years has been drunk (or on heavier drugs). All those that were "stoned" were mellow. DUI is DUI regardless of drug, but we all know most deaths are from alcohol related incidents. Let's move past this and work on real crime. If illegal money was used to fund, the feds can investigate like they do all the other questionable stores around (mob-money). Pharmaceuticals are far more abused and dangerous but no-one seems to mention that. It's 2014 I have real criminals to catch, not some stoned paranoid freak. Perhaps legitimizing will remove the corruption like the end of prohibition did... Time to catch all these assholes shooting kids!

jon @ 12/30/2013 5:39 PM


I couldn't agree more with your post.
Well said.

Troop @ 12/30/2013 6:10 PM

Of course the liberal Denver police chief won't enforce open marijuana smoking. I feel bad for tourists and families with kids walking thru pot smoke. Sounds like the chief likes his lofty position and wants to appease the mayor so he can remain the chief.

TheRookie @ 12/30/2013 9:45 PM

SanJosePD, Agree with you. Troop I'm retired L.E.O. from the Denver-Metro Area. DPD still practices, and allows their Officers to use Officer discretion. After 5 years on the job if you didn't have a considerable amount of marijuana I just took it away, fluffed it into the air, and stepped on it crushing it. In the 90's & like today I didn't have time to deal with that low level stuff. Was to busy dealing with gang bangers, crack heads, heroine hammerers, armed robberies, shootings, and more killing of each other.

Jelly @ 12/31/2013 3:55 AM

Anyone want to bet me that, crime in the area where pot has become legal goes up and tourist visiting the area goes down? You have opened Pandora’s Box
Pandora's box is an artifact in Greek mythology, taken from the myth of Pandora's creation in Hesiod's Works and Days.[1] The "box" was actually a large jar (πίθος pithos)[2] given to Pandora (Πανδώρα) ("all-gifted", "all-giving"),[3] which contained all the evils of the world.
Today the phrase "to open Pandora's box" means to perform an action that may seem small or innocent, but that turns out to have severe and far-reaching consequences.

LLC @ 12/31/2013 8:17 AM

Either it's legal or illegal ... get it together Rocky Mountain High STATE. I served 31 years with a PD and although I personally disagree with the legalization of marihuana, if the majority voted for such laws, and it cannot be legally over-turned, so be it. Most cops can accept that. However, with no clear policy, idiots with badges will get busy.

Capt. Crunch @ 12/31/2013 12:23 PM

Look at the brite side, suspects will be easy to catch instesd of running from you they will be just floating away from you.

Serpico @ 1/1/2014 12:31 PM

Either way it's a Win Win situation for the New World Order. They fund their money thought the Illegal Drug trade, Sex Slavery etc. If Pot becomes legalized Citizens will Tune Out, like the Chinese when Opium Dens were big before the Boxer Rebellion. I'm for Decriminalization. But the Banks and the Ruling Elites Win both ways. If we didn't have a DUMBED DOWN population, that plays with iPhones and cares more about Miley Cyrus than civic duty of researching issues and making decisions. Now people are sold out with cheap trinkets like Obamaphones. The NEA that runs the Public School System, is Communist controlled. In the OLD DAYS I feared a USSR invasion during the 80's. Now I fear the Ruling Elites, and our own PEOPLE more than PUNTIN, and terrorists. Go on youtube see Leonard Ulrich's videos. See how the NWO works.
Pray for our Nation. And ask questions. Even if the truth is unpleasant.

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