Denver OKs Public Marijuana Use After Initiative 300 Passes Narrowly

Article by Adrian D. Garcia, Denverite

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Denver voters decided to move Colorado’s experiment of treating marijuana like alcohol another step forward and OKed public consumption of the drug in certain spaces.

Advocates carried Initiative 300 to a narrow victory passing the ordinance with more than 53 percent of the vote as of Tuesday morning. Another 141,225 of the 302,505 votes — about 47 percent of votes — opposed the measure.

Votes from military and overseas residents might still remain uncounted. Results remain unofficial until the election is certified Nov. 22. news

The tight race made the outcome of Initiative 300 too close to call in the days after the polls closed at 7 p.m. Nov. 8. The tightness of the race signals to city leaders that successfully implementing the new program could be a challenge.

“You have to hear what the public is saying and try to understand what that split means,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. “But more importantly, we have to keep the overriding foundation that we started with, protect our communities.”

Instead of taking a stance on Initiative 300, Hancock opted to take a wait and see approach on whether residents wanted businesses to be spots for cannabis consumption. He said the city will have to balance providing a safe place for people who want to enjoy marijuana with those who don’t want to smell it and deal with it.

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