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Pueblo police chief outlines recreational pot rules

PUEBLO, Colo. - The Pueblo police chief outlined rules for recreational pot in Pueblo Monday, two days before recreational marijuana goes on sale across the state.

Recreational marijuana goes on sale Jan. 1. The big question since Amendment 64 passed: how communities will regulate it.

Under Amendement 64, people over the age of 21 can have up to 1 ounce of marijuana and up to six plants.

Pueblo Police Chief Luis Velez said people cannot use marijuana outside their homes.  This includes porches and front yards. Denver City Council overturned that rule two weeks ago. However, Velez pointed out each community makes its own rules so rules in Denver wouldn't apply in Pueblo.

Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal no matter where you are in Colorado. People caught doing that could be given a D.U.I.D., or driving under the influence of drugs. The penalties for that offense are similar to that of a D.U.I.

Violators could go to municipal court for small offenses. Violators could face a judge in county or district court for bigger offenses.

Three pot shops in Pueblo County have been approved to sell recreational marijuana.

Velez said people under 21 years old caught smoking marijuana will get in trouble. He also pointed out, adults who supply recreational marijuana to underage people will also get in trouble.

Velez said the rules are subject to change. Pueblo City Council will look at the impact of recreational pot on the community and decide on new rules accordingly.

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