Letter: DiGirolamo, Jazz concert or pot festival
Jazz concert or pot festival
This past Saturday (July 16) I attended the Winter Park Jazz festival with my wife and daughter. Multiple times, I smelled marijuana smoke. This is a no smoking event, which means no smoking of any substance, legal, illegal or formally illegal. After finally identifying the group, I informed the Winter Park Police Department, who talked to people, but did not give them a citation. Once the concert was over, there were still about 50 people just sitting outside Hideaway Park (who obviously wanted to listen but didn’t want to pay) and at least five were openly smoking marijuana. The law states that public pot smoking is illegal. All of the pro-pot people promised those of us opposed to legalized pot that all of the consumption would be on private property. A big surprise that promises were broken. Where was the festival’s security team? Where was the police who seem to not really want to enforce the law? Where is the city of Winter Park who want to promote family friendly events? They just don’t care and legalization of pot is an embarrassment to Colorado tourism, unless of course you want the tourists to be potheads. If laws are not enforced, then there should be no surprise when people defy them and just do what they want. We have become a nation that wants to only follow the laws which are convenient. I wonder which laws people like me will start to ignore?
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