Out-of-state tourists wandering Denver‚Äôs 16th Street Mall wondering ‚ÄúCan I smoke a joint here‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúCan I take this Colorado weed home with me‚ÄĚ will find answers to those questions and others on six signs posted along the popular pedestrian thoroughfare Tuesday.
The 15-by-23-inch aluminum signs are funded by the Downtown Denver Partnership as a part of the task force behind the city of Denver‚Äôs marijuanainfodenver.org website.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre similar to the signs saying you can‚Äôt skateboard or bike on the mall,‚ÄĚ said Jenny Starkey, Downtown Denver Partnership‚Äôs communications and media relations manager.
The signs share graphic elements and messaging with the city‚Äôs website.
‚ÄúIt is illegal to take marijuana out of the state ‚Ä¶ It is illegal to use, display or transfer marijuana on the 16th Street Mall ‚Ä¶ You must be 21 or older to have or use retail marijuana.‚ÄĚ
Of the sign‚Äôs seven notes, five begin with, ‚ÄúIt is illegal to.‚ÄĚ But Starkey said the committee was careful with the wording.
‚ÄúEverybody was considerate about the language use,‚ÄĚ said Starkey. ‚ÄúThey don‚Äôt say, ‚ÄėDo not,‚Äô ‚ÄėDo not,‚Äô ‚ÄėDo not.‚Äô They say, ‚ÄėIt‚Äôs illegal to.‚Äô It‚Äôs just a reminder of what you can and cannot do while keeping it as appropriate and positive as possible.‚ÄĚ
The Downtown Denver Partnership’s yellow-uniformed ambassadors who roam the mall will not be enforcing the marijuana laws.
“It‚Äôs their job to observe and report,” said Starkey. “They‚Äôre the eyes and ears for the Denver Police Department. They‚Äôll be observing people‚Äôs behavior on the mall, they‚Äôll be reporting it if necessary, if it‚Äôs a big issue, and they‚Äôll be there to answer questions and refer people to the city‚Äôs new website.
“They will not be providing information for people on where to buy retail marijuana, but they‚Äôll remain neutral in most of these issues.”