DENVER, CO - APRIL 11: Church owner Steve Berke, middle, stands for a portrait with the rest of his crew inside the International Church of Cannabis at 400 south Logan street on April 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. They are from left to right: Alec Rubin, Adam Mutchler, Angie Hargot, Steve Berke, Briley Hale, Dave Bogue and Lee Molloy. The interior painting was done by artist Okuda San Miguel. The members of this new church call themselves Elevationists and say that the use of cannabis helps elevate people to a higher form of themselves. They plan to open their doors to the public on April 20th and have a weekend of events planned for the neighborhood to introduce people to this new and unique concept for a church. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

Retrial begins for International Church of Cannabis co-founder charged with public consumption of marijuana

The co-founder of the International Church of Cannabis finally got his day in court Tuesday, nearly two years after Denver police cited him for public pot consumption, and almost a year after a judge declared a mistrial in the same case.

Steve Berke, who co-founded the church with two others in April 2017, is fighting a misdemeanor charge of open and public consumption of marijuana, stemming from a 4/20 event at the church that year.

Judge Johnny Barajas seated a six-person jury Tuesday in Denver County Court, a jury selection that featured none of the fireworks from a year ago, when prospective jurists openly questioned the case presented by city attorneys, leading to the mistrial.

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