A quiet New Years Eve for Summit County law enforcement officers was followed by an even less eventful New Year’s Day, despite it being “Green Wednesday,” or the first day of legal retail marijuana sales in Colorado.
For law enforcement officers throughout the county the theme was the same — there were no retail marijuana-related incidents reported and by press time not one officer in Summit County had even issued a ticket for public consumption.
Sgt. Mark Heminghous, of the Frisco Police Department, and Officer Bryan Wagner, of the Dillon Police Department, both attributed the quiet holiday to the cold and snowy weather. Summit County Sheriff John Minor said the lack of marijuana-related calls was due to extensive coverage in the media about what is and what isn’t legal.
But Mark Hanschmidt, chief of the Silverthorne Police Department, commended Summit County’s entire law enforcement community for building partnerships with local recreational marijuana establishment owners.
“We worked closely with Nick Brown, the owner of High Country Healing, and put together an information sheet about what is legal,” Hanschmidt said. “He’s attaching that to each package that goes out the door, so whether you are local or from out of state, you’re getting the same information.
“We’re really not having any issues here and I attribute that to the working relationship we have with Nick.”
Although day one appears to have gone off smoothly, Minor said that doesn’t mean the county won’t have issues to address and still unanswered questions to answer in the future. Minor predicts Summit County, like much of the rest of the state, will have a whole gamut of issues to address, including odor complaints, how to regulate pot tourism locally and determine what constitutes private property, where marijuana consumption is legal, versus public property, where it is illegal.
As it stands, the only decision law enforcement officers have made in regards to the public versus private property issue is to allow homeowners to consume marijuana on their deck or in their yard, Minor said.
But county officials will begin to address some of these questions soon, Minor added. He has requested recreational marijuana be on the agenda during the next Summit County Commission meeting. Commission meetings are scheduled for the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.