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Denver mayor wants to stop public pot smoking

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DENVER (AP) — With Denver poised to allow recreational marijuana sales, Mayor Michael Hancock wants to act now to stop public pot smoking.

Under an ordinance he plans to introduce Monday, possessing, smoking or giving away marijuana would be illegal in city parks, Denver's downtown pedestrian mall and recreational facilities. Smoking in a car or on private property the pot can be seen or smelled would also be barred.

Proponents of the constitutional amendment that allows recreational marijuana use and the American Civil Liberties Union say it's unconstitutional.

Amendment 64 prohibits public consumption but there has been some public smoking after at least one pot giveaway by marijuana advocates. People have also lit up at huge annual marijuana rallies held every April 20 at Civic Center Park.

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