DENVER - Monday night the Denver City council passed a ban on public smoking of marijuana on private property if it happens in public view.
The 7-5 vote was a first reading, meaning council must approve it a second time for it to become law. Another vote is scheduled for Monday.
Council members listened for an hour as dozens of people spoke on both sides of the issue.
"The council has an obligation to protect the health and welfare of the citizens of Denver," said Suvi Miller, who supports the new rule. "This is not a property issue; it's a public health issue."
Others, like Ashley Ebert, vehemently disagreed.
"It is insane to not allow people to use their front porch to sit out and enjoy the breeze when they finally can, just to smoke pot," she argued.
Police said violating the ban, if passed, would not result in arrest, but they would issue a citation.
Council members briefly considered a motion to table the vote Monday night but ultimately agreed to proceed.
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