Critic Complains Denver Minor Pot Possession Arrests Are Rising


Citations and arrests for minor possession of marijuana continue to rise in Denver, even though voters have passed two initiatives to reduce such enforcement, says the Rocky Mountain News. “More and more people want the police and prosecutors to stop, but they’re citing and prosecuting more and more people,” said Mason Tvert of Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation. Tvert said misdemeanor marijuana arrests increased by almost 18 percent from 2006 to 2007. If last year’s figures are compared with those of 2005, the numbers show a 36 percent jump, he said.

Police spokesman Sonny Jackson asked, “Were (those arrested) in violation of the law?, adding that “the Denver police, regardless of high priority or low priority, are in charge of enforcing the law on the books.”


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