Breckenridge Police Department reminds residents new marijuana laws start Jan. 1 |

Breckenridge Police Department reminds residents new marijuana laws start Jan. 1

Summit Daily staff report

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, new marijuana regulations take effect and the Breckenridge Police Department announced this week it would have zero tolerance for any marijuana-related violations.

Anyone 21 years old or older is allowed to purchase, possess, transport, display and consume recreational marijuana within the boundaries listed below, according to a Breckenridge Police Department news release.

Consumption of marijuana — recreational or medicinal — only is permitted in private locations provided the owner does not prohibit it, the release stated. The town of Breckenridge prohibits open and public consumption. Public areas include, but are not limited to:

— Public lands, grounds or outdoor areas, such as public streets, sidewalks, alleys, parking lots and playgrounds;

— Common areas of buildings open to the general public;

— Any outdoor areas open to the general public;

— Inside a vehicle located on a public street or right of way

Marijuana consumption in any place of business is prohibited by the 2006 Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, as well as regulations related to public consumption of marijuana, the release stated. This includes inside dispensaries and retail establishments.

Sale of marijuana anywhere other than a licensed retail establishment or dispensary is illegal. Individuals are allowed to have up to 1 ounce of marijuana on their person.

Use of marijuana in private locations, including hotels, when prohibited by the owner can result in fines for cleaning, removal and criminal charges for trespassing.

Use of marijuana in any form inside a vehicle will be treated the same as alcohol, including the possibility of arrest and charges for driving under the influence, the release stated.

Municipal violations could result in fines ranging from $100 to $2,000, possible mandatory court appearance and up to 15 days in jail.

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