The bill had started as a tool for local governments on regulating social use but wound up becoming the cannabis equivalent of a Carrie Nation crusade when lawmakers added last-minute language that would have made it illegal to consume cannabis at home if the consumption was visible by any person from any legal vantage point...and that included looking into a home from a window.
The prudey-pants language, which had been slapped down a week earlier, kept popping back up on May 10. "It was a moving target all day," Sovine-Miller remembers. Legislators debated allowing consumption in back yards and on front porches, and exactly how many people could consume on that porch.
"It was ultimately changed to exempt the property owner and up to five friends consuming on the front porch, but six friends was criminal activity," she says. "There was literally a picture from the series Friends displayed on the House screen during the debate." Because under the proposed rule, one of the cast members would have been out in the cold during a pot party, unless the friends wanted to film an episode in the pokey.
"That issue is going to need some work," Sovine-Miller notes. The work is already under way in Denver, which released the draft regulations for Initiative 300 yesterday.
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