LEADVILLE - Leadville may follow in the footsteps of Breckenridge come November by decriminalizing marijuana through a ballot initiative. A group of Leadville residents asked its government to decriminalize marijuana use at a city meeting Wednesday - the measure will now go to a vote of the people.
According to Leadville city clerk Joe Swyers, approximately 20 people came to Wednesday's meeting to comment on the marijuana issue. He noted that almost half the speakers were for decriminalization.
Swyers said Leadville will look at Breckenridge's experience with decriminalization throughout 2010. As of Jan. 1, Breckenridge's town code no longer criminalizes adult personal possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana for private use.
The Breckenridge Town Council voted to put marijuana decriminalization on the ballot, and the final vote in November 2009 resulted in more than 70 percent in favor of decriminalization. Breckenridge was also the first Summit County town to draft a set of regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries.