Will Breckenridge Legalize Marijuana?
If you can believe it, people in Colorado are drinking less than they used to and are more likely to smoke pot than they used to be, according to the federal government's National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which concluded that Colorado is among just seven states to see "significant" increases among teens and adults who admit to smoking pot at least once a month (via The Denver Post). The study, released earlier this month, helps explain what's going on in Breckenridge, where a citizen's group wants to make using less than 1 ounce of marijuana legal for adults older than 21, according to the Vail Daily. In 2007, Denver voters decided to make marijuana the lowest enforcement priority for police officers. Still, some argue the law is moot because smoking pot remains illegal under state law. The story would be the same in Breckenridge if voters pass a law that police chief Rick Holman opposes. He worries "about the collateral effect of the youth of the community." Yet some local leaders are supporting the idea, including town councilman Jeffrey Bergeron and local attorney Sean McAllister. "I don't think there's any public safety concerns in regards to an adult possessing less than one ounce of marijuana," Bergeron says.
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