Jul 14, 2014 7:55 PM by Andy Koen

Pueblo City Council to discuss limits on marijuana consumption

PUEBLO - Can you smoke marijuana in your front yard in Pueblo? That's the question in front of City Council tonight will as they discuss limitations marijuana consumption.

Amendment 64 prohibits "open and public" consumption of marijuana. Council is working to better define exactly what public consumption would mean, including how far from the street someone must be on private property.

A proposed ordinance suggests setting boundary 25 feet from the front property line and 10 feet from the side and rear property lines.

City Council President Sandy Daff is concerned that in certain neighborhoods, there isn't that much space.

"If you're in a skinny lot, you know, like most of the folks in Bessemer, it's not unheard of to have a 25 foot lot," Daff said.

If the ordinance passes as written, Daff believes it may force some marijuana users indoors.

"You don't want people consuming in the house with children inside," Daff said. "Some people don't have back porches. So, they can't go into the backyard to consume."

In addition to the boundary debate, council is considering an ordinance that would ban homemade hash oil production. The process can involve the use of butane to extract concentrated marijuana compounds.

"Anytime you put combustible materials like that into a home, nothing good can happen," said Daff.

Consuming marijuana in public and making hash oil would both be considered Class 1 Municipal Offenses. The maximum penalty would be a $1,000 fine, a one year sentence in jail or both.

City Council will meet at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd floor of City Hall.


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