Law enforcement encourages 4/20 safety

By: Cassie Heykoop Email
By: Cassie Heykoop Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Today was a big day for local law enforcement as well as anyone celebrating Colorado’s newest law regarding pot. Many safety concerns and marijuana celebrations go hand in hand.

For years, April 20 has been known as a day to celebrate marijuana, but law enforcement reminds Coloradans that there still are regulations. It is still illegal for anyone under 21, marijuana can’t be smoked in public and driving under the influence is illegal as well.

"Driving under the influence is the biggest one for us,” Corporal Denny O’Leary said. “The law is no different than alcohol. If you're driving under the influence of this stuff you're still going to get arrested or worse. You can hurt yourself or somebody else."

Colorado State Patrol has been busy dealing with the holiday. Before 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning they had already made two arrests in Mesa County and were working on a third.

If someone is suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana it will be treated similar to alcohol. Drivers will be given a series of field sobriety tests and if they consent, Colorado State Patrol can also bring in a drug recognition expert.

Denver Police say they issued nearly 30 citations for public consumption of marijuana this weekend.

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