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Opening Arguments

Reefer madness

Yeah, well, it might be "legal," but we'd better not catch you using it:

The Denver City Council is considering an ordinance that would make it illegal to consume marijuana when other people can see or smell it. According to The Denver Post, “offenders could face a fine of $999 and up to a year in jail”—a pretty steep penalty for offending people’ sensibilities by consuming a legal product. ”Your activities should not pervade others’ peace and ability to enjoy,” Mayor Michael Hancock tells the Post. ”Marijuana is one of those elements that can be quite pervasive and invasive. I shouldn’t have to smell your activities from your backyard.”

There are at least two reasons to be offended by this nanny state overreach. 1. It's a finger-poke-to-the-eye aimed at Colorado voters who approved the use of recreational marijuana; the powers that be are telling them officially they don't care what the referendum says, they're gonna do whatever they want to anyway. 2. It's an extension of the opprobrium heaped on tobacco users. My God! One whiff of tcigarette smoke and you'll die a horrible death. One whiff of marijuana smoke and you'll turn into a psychotic lunatic!