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August 28, 2009

DENVER STUDYING ONE DOLLAR POT FINE

Channel 9, Denver - A city panel in charge of overseeing marijuana possession crimes in Denver recommended that the fine for possession be set at $1. If Denver's presiding judge accepts the recommendation from the Denver Marijuana Policy Review Panel, the fine would be the lowest in the entire nation for marijuana possession. The panel was created by Mayor John Hickenlooper in December 2007 after voters passed an ordinance that made it so adult marijuana possession is the city's "lowest law enforcement priority." In May 2008, the city attorney's office made it so those cited for the crime can mail in their fines instead of having to appear in court. At that time, the city attorney's office assigned the value of the fine at $50. . . Lt. Ernest Martinez with the Denver Police Department is also part of the panel and voted against lowering the fine.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they make the fine a dollar, what's to stop people from getting ticketed on purpose in order to overwhelm the courts?

Doesn't the state of Colorado still get to harangue for pot, too?

August 28, 2009 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cops won't bother ticketing people for possession if it's just a dollar, the cops would keep potheads from overwhelming the courts, besides potheads could already purposely overwhelm the court system if they wanted to.

September 8, 2009 2:27 PM  

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