Why it’s so hard to define where you can legally smoke pot in Colorado
May 18, 2017
Hours before the clock expired last week, state lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement about where it is legal to consume marijuana in Colorado. Moments later, it went up in smoke.
The legislation attempted to define — for the first time — a statewide prohibition on "open and public" pot consumption under Amendment 64, the voter-approved constitutional measure that legalized marijuana in 2012.
And its failure on the final day of the session showcased why the issue remains one of the most profound questions in a state known as the nation's pot pioneer.
"They got all the way to the 1-yard line and couldn't punch it in," said Kevin Bommer with the Colorado Municipal League, the organization that led the effort for a uniform standard.