DENVER (CBS4) – Civic Center Park has long been known as Denver’s version of a marijuana superstore. So 4 On Your Side Investigator Rick Sallinger wondered what it was like now that Amendment 64 has been passed by the voters.
The legalization of marijuana has not taken effect, but you wouldn’t know that in the downtown park.
“Hey, I was looking for some weed,” Sallinger asked a man in the park on Tuesday. He just happened to have some ready for purchase.
“First of all, is it legal now?’ Sallinger asked the man.
“Yeah … it’s all legal baby,” the man responded.
The conversation went down as children played in the park nearby.
The new law would only allow a person to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, but a man in Civic Center Park was willing to sell more than that and told Sallinger it was legal.
In Washington, D.C. a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition delivered a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to respect voters’ wishes in Colorado and Washington state.
“So with the legalization, regulation, control of marijuana, it’s going to make our community safer,” Neill Franklin with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition said. “It’s going to make our jobs safer as law enforcement officers out there in the street.”
The Denver and Boulder district attorneys have indicated they will stop prosecuting adult marijuana possession cases of under an ounce. But those in Civic Center Park see little difference.
“We do it out here every day,” a man said.
The marijuana market is clearly open for business.
The Justice Department is still reviewing Colorado and Washington’s ballot measures. It could go to court to try to shut the legalization down.