Dear Stoner: I was wondering about RVIA licenses for vehicles and motor homes — whether people can use marijuana in the enclosed area of those vehicles when they're not in use. I know there are some quasi-public ones around, but I'm more interested in private use and whether I can smoke marijuana in mine in our state parks.
Dear Camper: We've had this question before, and the answer remains the same: State parks are public places, so smoking cannabis in state parks is not legal, according to the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife. But with RVs, there seems to be some gray area, as the courts have ruled in the past that people can expect some semblance of privacy in them even while in a public area.
With that in mind, Colorado park rangers generally err on the side of discretion, according to Randy Hampton, spokesman for the agency. If rangers get a complaint, they're likely to investigate it. But they're also likely to treat it as they would infractions such as cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption — and judging from experience, that usually means a stern warning before anyone gets written up. And if there have been no complaints, the odds of a ranger ticketing you for toking up in your RV are slim. Hampton puts it more succinctly: "If everybody comes to a state park and has a great time without affecting someone else's great time, they might never get a visit from one of our great park rangers — and wouldn't that be the best-case scenario?"
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