DENVER - Denver Mayor Michael Hancock wants members of the city council to make it illegal to smoke marijuana in public places.
Opponents say part of the proposal could make it illegal for people to smoke on private property as well.
The ordinance suggests that if a neighbor sees or smells the smoke they can call police. The proposed ordinance would be punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
The mayor's office says it's not about punishing people for smoking in their backyards. It's for those who smoke excessively and offend people nearby.
"He wants to criminalize adults who want to use marijuana in the privacy of their own homes. This is absolutely ridiculous. The mayor is rolling back a law that was adopted by the voters of Colorado," marijuana advocate Mason Tvert said.
"I think it is a legitimate issue to look at how we doing what we need to do to protect children," Councilwoman Deborah Ortega said.
The ordinance would also prohibit smoking pot in public parks including Red Rocks. The city council's marijuana committee meeting will review the proposal Monday.
Councilwoman Ortega says it likely won't be voted on until December.
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