Opinion by Gerald Trumbule
As reported in the Denver Post: "Your activities should not pervade others' peace and ability to enjoy," said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. "Marijuana is one of those elements that can be quite pervasive and invasive. I shouldn't have to smell your activities from your backyard."A mere 3 weeks before we get to vote on an (excessive) tax on our recently regulated marijuana, Hancock has outdone himself in his apparent hatred of marijuana. Here's a clip from back when Hancock was on City Council (8/07):
He was reportedly "outraged" by the 420 celebration in Civic Center Park and the recent pot give-away in which some smoked openly in public while the cops stood down.
"The organizers are going to have to think long and hard about the kind of risk they and their patrons will be taking by deciding to puff up at the park," Hancock said. "We are not going to tolerate it anymore. It's done. ... We want to make very clear, now and forever, and that is zero tolerance."Wow, throw down the gauntlet Mr. Mayor. Trying to arrest 20,000 tokers next 4/20 should prove to be quite a spectacle.
Here's a link to the proposed ordinance.