Denver is in full-on party mode this week after the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Sunday’s Super Bowl 50.
Immediately after Sunday night’s game, celebrating fans spilled into the streets of downtown Denver, and to keep the party going, the city has planned a series of celebrations that will go throughout the day today.
But city authorities and law enforcement officials have made one thing very clear: no pot allowed.
“The City and County of Denver and the Denver Broncos are proud to announce that the Denver Broncos World Championship Parade and celebration will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 to celebrate the Denver Broncos’ 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50,” said a press release published by the city of Denver.
A couple paragraphs later it said: “Alcohol and marijuana are prohibited.”
The warning against using marijuana at the celebration isn’t really all that surprising, since public consumption of marijuana remains illegal in Colorado even though the state has legalized recreational cannabis.
But it has compelled some to question why marijuana has been included alongside warnings about alcohol.
When cops responded to particularly rowdy parties on Sunday night by pepper spraying crowds and making 12 arrests, local news sources reported that most of the arrests came as a result of drinking, not smoking marijuana.
And last year, on 4/20, Denver officials released warnings against public consumption of cannabis very similar to the one released this week.
After tweeting “We see you rollin, but we ain’t hatin’ HAHA . . . Seriously though, Denver, please remember to ConsumeResponsibly this 4/20 weekend,” Denver police ended up writing 160 citations for public consumption of cannabis.
The debate over public consumption of marijuana in a state where it’s legal to use cannabis recreationally has been ongoing in Colorado.
Recently, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has voiced growing support of opening cannabis clubs and cafes, arguing that these types of spaces would give people who resort to smoking in parks and on sidewalks a safe place to consume cannabis.