Denver City Council reverses course on pot smoking in public view

Smoking marijuana

Smoking marijuana

DENVER — The City Council Monday night reversed an earlier decision that would have made it illegal to smoke pot on private property if it was in view of the public.

City leaders voted 7-6 for an amendment that will allow Denver residents to smoke pot on their own property regardless of whether it’s in public view.

There has been back-and-forth on this issue in previous council meetings.

Monday’s decision is not quite set in stone. It needs to pass a final vote at the council meeting next Monday.

Councilwoman Susan Shepherd proposed the amendment that led to the reversal. She says the ban on smoking on private property if it was in public view goes against the will of the people.

The idea that such a ban would be difficult to enforce also played a role in Monday’s reversal.