Despite the fact that the nature of Colorado’s marijuana legalization amendment was to regulate the herb similarly to alcohol, the states’s legislative forces are not doing a great job putting this philosophy to work. The latest debacle is over whether lawmakers should permit the state’s tax paying citizens to smoke weed on their front porch.
According to the Denver Post, the state House and Senate cannot seem to come to an agreement on what exactly constitutes public marijuana consumption. The majority of this confusion is the same as it has been for the past several years – should Colorado give its residents the freedom to smoke weed in front of their house in public view?
The proposal lawmakers have on the table would make it illegal for people to smoke weed in places where “a substantial number of the public” can see them. The goal of the measure, the same one that was supposed to eventually lead to the opening of cannabis clubs, is to ensure people are not smoking weed while walking down the sidewalk or in public parks.
However, an updated version of the bill argues that this prohibition should be extended to anyplace “not protected from unaided observation…