Denver City Council to hear proposal to limit the visibility and smell of marijuana Monday

DENVER - Lawmakers in Denver are taking another step today to limit where people can smoke marijuana.

A committee is set to present a new ordinance to Denver City Council members Monday that would make smoking the drug illegal if it can be seen or even smelled by others.

Mayor Michael Hancock was first to introduce the idea.

"Your activities should not pervade others' peace and ability to enjoy," Mayor Hancock told our partners at the Denver Post. "Marijuana is one of those elements that can be quite pervasive and invasive. I shouldn't have to smell your activities from your backyard."

The text of the proposed ordinance reads, "It shall be unlawful for any person to openly and publicly display or consume one (1) ounce or less of marijuana."

It goes on to define "openly" as being "perceptible through sight or smell to the public."

The ordinance would also specifically prohibit the possession, use and sale of marijuana on the 16th Street Mall. Exceptions to this rule are medical marijuana or any that is purchased from retail marijuana stores that could be located along the mall in the future.

The ordinance does not address how police would handle large events, like the annual 4/20 rally at Civic Center Park.

Under the proposed ordinance violators could be fined $999 and be sentenced to up to one year in jail.

Recreational marijuana shops can open in many Colorado cities on Jan. 1.

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