Denver dropping some marijuana possession cases after Amendment 64 approved by voters
Denver joins Boulder in dropping pot cases
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DENVER - Two of the metro area’s largest counties are throwing out some marijuana possession cases, after Colorado’s public vote to legalize the drug.
Denver prosecutors will no longer charge those 21 and older with less than an ounce and will review pending cases for possible dismissal, according to Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey.
That includes roughly 70 current, pending cases.
Denver’s announcement came one day after Boulder's Stan Garnett said his office has other priorities, now that voters approved Amendment 64 by more than a two-to-one margin.
“I've been a little bit surprised by how much attention the decision has gotten because it's really not a major decision in terms of re-focusing law enforcement in the 20th judicial district,” Garnett said.
In Grand Junction, police officers have been told to stop issuing ounce-or-less marijuana tickets, according to police documents obtained by The Daily Sentinel.
Routt County District Attorney Brett Barkey said Thursday his office will continue processing the handful of pending petty pot cases in his jurisdiction.
Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck said Thursday his office would not drop possession cases, citing obligation to the law and helping addicts find treatment.
You still have to go to court if you have a current ticket in Denver or Boulder, but expect a dismissal.
In Arapahoe County, the district attorney will meet with the sheriff next week to discuss marijuana enforcement.
If you have a current ticket in Weld County, the district attorney said you will be prosecuted until Amendment 64 becomes law early next year.
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