The mayor's panel on marijuana policy might consider recommending that the Denver city attorney halt most prosecutions of people who possess less than an ounce of pot.
The idea was floated Monday by one of Mayor John Hickenlooper's panelists, attorney Frank Moya. He said the panel would fulfill its job to ensure last year's marijuana ordinance is implemented to the "greatest extent possible" as required by the initiative.
More than 57 percent of Denver voters approved Initiative 100, an ordinance making private adult marijuana possession of less than an ounce the city's lowest law enforcement priority. As part of the initiative the mayor was required to appoint an 11-member Marijuana Policy Review Panel, which met for the first time Monday.
"Absent compelling reasons placed on record in open court, the Denver city attorney will not seek convictions in city prosecutions for petty offenses of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana," Moya said of his proposed recommendation.
Philip A. Cherner, another panel member and attorney, said he liked Moya's idea, which the entire panel may consider voting on at its next meeting. Cherner said the panel would simply be adhering to the wishes of Denver voters.
"Politicians and law enforcement need to catch up to the public," said Cherner, who favored last year's initiative.......
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