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Pot legal to sell, but they don't want the smell

By: jeremy meyer The Denver Post
October 12, 2013 Updated: October 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm
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In this file photo, the president of the UCCS chapter of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Meral Sarper, center, leads a chant with other supporters of Amendment 64 outside City Hall Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Even the smell of marijuana wafting from your backyard could be illegal if Denver City Council passes a new ordinance.

Denver officials, responding to fears that public pot consumption could become an ever-present problem in the Mile High City, will propose a set of new rules for open consumption and possession of marijuana.

The ordinance, being introduced at a committee meeting Monday in advance of the legalization of retail pot sales in January, would specifically ban marijuana from parks and the 16th Street Mall. It also would prohibit smoking on private property if it is visible to the public, such as on a front porch or in a car, or if the odor of pot could be detected from a neighboring property.

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

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