Recreational Pot Enforcement

By: Ian Margol Email
By: Ian Margol Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Since the passing of Amendment 64 here in The Centennial State, the use of recreational marijuana became legal for adults 21 years or older.

As of the first of the year, the recreational sale of pot by qualified and licensed dispensaries will also be allowed.

Since the passing of 64, Grand Junction law enforcement has seen more and more pot on the around the city.

"Certainly people have it now and they're not concerned about hiding it," says Grand Junction Police Sergeant, Stan Ancell.

Ancell says there have also been an increasing number of DUID's - driving under the influence of drugs - and that's before recreational sales have been legalized.

But the GJPD doesn't expect to see a big change after the new year.

"I don't think we'll see a whole lot of difference in what we've had since it became legal," says Ancell. "Certainly they can drive to Denver and get marijuana legally, but apparently they're getting it just fine here."

There is some gray area with the law though, it states you can only use pot in private... but what exactly defines private is a question city governments have been struggling with across the state.

Police say as a general rule-of-thumb, if you're out on Main Street, you're in public; if you're on your couch in your house, you're in private. If you're 21 years or older you can have up to an ounce, if you have more than an ounce, you could end up with a ticket or


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