The authors of Amendment 64 understood that the measure, which allows adults 21 and over to use and possess small amounts of marijuana, would have far-reaching effects at every level of Colorado society. But did they consider whether the law would allow marijuana-related bake-offs at county fairs?
Hard to say. But Routt County residents who were hoping to compete at this year's event for the best pot brownies are going to be bitterly disappointed.
This grim news was delivered by Steamboat Today, which reports about a recent Routt County Board of Commissioners meeting. Officials there were asked by members of the fair's board to ban pot from the Hayden-based fairgrounds during the event, scheduled to take place from August 15 to 18 -- a move that would also cover exhibits focusing on what are referred to as "home arts."
Fairgrounds manager Jill Delay told the commissioners that the issue first cropped up, as it were, at a session in November, the same month Amendment 64 was approved by a majority of Colorado voters.
"It started as a joke when we said, 'What are we going to do if people bring in marijuana plants or baked goods?'" Delay said. "In the past, people have brought in noxious weeds as a joke, and we have a rule that noxious weeds are not allowed. Then we thought, 'Well, maybe it's not so funny.'"
Certainly not to the commissioners -- but putting the kibosh on cannabis edibles wasn't as easy as first imagined. The initial request for a resolution banning the "possession and display of marijuana at the Routt County Fairgrounds" suggested that the rule would be "similar to the no-alcohol resolution." But while the latter edict prevents people from walking around with open booze containers, it allows events like home beer-brewing contests. And last year, the fair featured a beer garden.
Clearly, officials didn't want to sanction another kind of garden -- one with living, growing marijuana plants, as opposed to drunk people. And if that meant favoring users of one intoxicant over another, so be it. In the words of Commissioner Tim Corrigan, "We're comfortable with that inconsistency."
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By meeting's end, Assistant County Attorney Erick Knaus had been empowered to draft a resolution that would ban marijuana on all county property, including the fairgrounds. It will likely deem a person with weed guilty of trespassing if he's asked to leave but doesn't.
That way, no one will be able to say the Routt County Fair has gone to pot.
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