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Breckenridge group hopes for sensible pot laws

Cody R. Olivas
Summit Daily News
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado – A group called Sensible Breckenridge is working to give town voters the chance to change local marijuana laws.

The group plans to gather signatures for a ballot initiative for the November election. The aim would be an ordinance to remove all criminal penalties from Breckenridge’s town code for the private use of marijuana, under one ounce, by adults 21 and older. Smoking in public and drugged driving would remain illegal.

Breckenridge Police Chief Rick Holman opposes the initiative. “I worry about the collateral affect of the youth of the community,” he said.

If the initiative did pass, marijuana would still be illegal under Colorado State law and federal law. Holman said his department would have the discretion to enforce those laws, but wouldn’t comment if they would use that discretion.

The petitioners’ committee filing the affidavit is comprised of a number of local leaders including Breckenridge Town Councilman Jeffrey Bergeron and local attorney Sean McAllister.

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“It’s a cause I believe in, and I think the initiative reflects the will of the people of Breck,” Bergeron said. “I don’t think there’s any public safety concerns in regards to an adult possessing less than one ounce of marijuana.”

Marijuana possession is currently a misdemeanor in Breckenridge, but marijuana convictions do show up on background checks, possibly affecting people’s ability to get hired.

“As a criminal defense attorney, I have defended numerous locals and tourists for marijuana possession and have seen too many otherwise law-abiding citizens’ lives damaged by these zero-tolerance laws that penalize adults for making the safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol,” McAllister said in a press release.


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