Adults will be able to smoke marijuana on private property in Boulder,
even if their neighbors are able to see them, and people younger than 21 caught
with pot will be treated like underage drinkers.
The Boulder City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt new marijuana ordinances in light of Amendment 64, which legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana and directed the state Legislature to come up with a regulatory framework for retail sales.
Boulder is waiting to develop rules for marijuana stores until the state decides what its regulations and licensing procedures will be.
For now, the city is adopting new ordinances saying marijuana cannot be smoked in public or by people under 21.
In response to earlier concerns about the definitions of public and private, the ordinance was clarified to say that marijuana can be consumed on private property, like in a backyard, even if neighbors might see or smell it.
Amendment 64 applies to people 21 and older. The ordinances adopted Tuesday will treat underage use of marijuana similar to underage drinking.
People between ages 18 and 21 will still have the right to use marijuana if they have a medical card. If someone is accused of underage pot use and intends to present a medical defense, he or she will be asked to present that before trial to avoid unnecessary legal costs for the city.
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