Since the start of legal recreational marijuana sales, Denver police have cited about one person per day for public pot smoking, says Police Chief robert White, the Denver Post reports. White told members of a City Council committee that officers issued nine citations for public marijuana consumption between Jan. 1 and Saturday. White said there have also been seven burglaries of marijuana businesses in that time, but only one of those occurred at a recreational marijuana store. The burglary numbers are in line with what the city has previously seen in the medical marijuana industry.
The enforcement numbers are part of what Denver’s new marijuana czar said was a fairly problem-free start to the nation’s first legal sales of marijuana from stores that can sell to anyone over 21 for any purpose. Ashley Kilroy, executive director of marijuana policy for the city, said good communication between city leaders, police and store owners ensured that big crowds at the stores have not led to mass chaos. “We were very lucky that everything went so smoothly,” she said. Denver was home to the majority of stores that opened for recreational sales Jan. 1. The city has now issued licenses to 28 recreational marijuana stores as well as 43 commercial cultivation facilities, nine marijuana-infused products makers and one marijuana-testing lab.