Posted: 12/03/2013 12:43 pm EST | Updated: 12/03/2013 12:57 pm EST
It looked like a done deal, but a controversial decision by the Denver City Council that would have banned legal recreational marijuana use in public view on private property went up in smoke Monday.
One of Denver’s city council members reversed his original decision on the marijuana use ordinance, citing concerns about private property rights and the enforceability of the ban which appeared poised to pass just last week.
“It’s setting a false expectation up,” said Councilman Albus Brooks, who flipped his vote on the ban. “Because we’re not going to address this issue. We don’t have the resources to do it.”
Now if the ordinance becomes law after a final vote next Monday, Denver residents will be allowed to smoke pot anywhere on their properties whether they are in their homes, in their backyards, or on their front porches in plain sight of their neighbors. If pot smokers are at someone else’s house, they would need permission from the owner of that property.
Previously, smoking marijuana in public view could have amounted to about a $1,000 fine.
The sudden reversal of the front porch pot ban came as a surprise, since council members had just voted in favor of the ban last Monday and had been expected to take a final vote to make the ordinance law.
“This has been like a pingpong game,” said Councilwoman Susan Shepherd, according to The Denver Post. Her reversal amendment against the ban passed 7-6. Read more…