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Denver Scales Back Proposed Marijuana Possession Rules

DENVER, Oct. 30 (UPI) — Denver’s new proposed law will allow marijuana use in backyards and possession in public parks, scaling back a proposed law on open consumption, officials said.

The new draft of the Denver City Council law eases an earlier version of the law that would have banned even the smell of burning marijuana from people’s backyards, The Denver Post reported Wednesday. The prior law would have forbidden marijuana smoking on outdoor private property, and made it illegal to possess marijuana in public parks and at Denver’s outdoor 16th Street Mall.

Marijuana was legalized for adult use in Colorado by a ballot initiative in 2012.

The new draft of the ordinance eliminates a reference to smell as constituting “open and public consumption,” the newspaper said.

It must still be approved by the City Council.

“Anyone is free to have marijuana in these locations,” said Councilman Chris Nevitt, referring to backyards, parks and the Mall. “They are only prohibited from waving it around.”

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