Grand Junction Police no Longer Citing for Pot Possession up to an Ounce
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- State law enforcement agencies and district attorneys are tackling uncharted territory with the passage of Amendment 64.
Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger discussed what would happen if an adult is cited under the current law and goes to court after Amendment 64 is passed. "That's a complicating factor. It's something we'll probably have to be talking to the jury about, educate them ... look, the law's changed since then. What matters is the law that was in effect on the date of violation."
The Grand Junction Police Department recently stated: "Although the final certification of the election results have not yet occurred, effective immediately it is the policy of the GJPD not to cite persons age 21 or older that possess and/or consume marijuana, 1 ounce or less of marijuana, and/or cultivate and possess six or less plants as allowed by the amendment."
Hautzinger said, "I'm completely fine with any police agency or any individual officer making their own decision as to whether they want to write tickets in this gray period."
Over in Boulder, District Attorney Stan Garnett tweeted, "Due to Amendment 64, 20th JD DA's office dismisses pending possession of MJ less than an ounce/MJ paraphernalia cases for defendants over 21."
Hautzinger is taking a different approach. "I represent Mesa County, and Mesa County voted 2-1 against it, so I'm pretty comfortable that it's the right thing to do, and I'm going to continue enforcing the law as it currently exists."
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office will also be upholding the current law until the election results are certified.
Once signed into law, officials say they still have related legislation to conquer.
Hautzinger said, "The crime commission that I sit on passed a proposal last week to make driving under the influence of marijuana with 5 nanograms in your blood a per say or presumed crime."
Hautzinger says a DUID per say law is that much more crucial now that Amendment 64 has passed.