Lately, I have heard about people being arrested for marijuana possession and paraphernalia possession in Colorado.
On January 1, 2013, amendment 64 became law allowing for recreational possession and use of marijuana, including possession and use of paraphernalia to use marijuana for people over the age of 21 years.
Police do not seem to be following the law. I am not sure why, but I suspect it is because they do not like the law. If prosecutors were doing their job, they would immediately dismiss these charges and contact the officer to explain the law. It is not happening. People get to court and the prosecutor tries to get them to plead guilty to something or take a class.
This is wrong. I and other attorneys are exploring civil rights actions against the police officers. Colorado NORML (I am a board member) is a good place to look for help. NORML is a good organization to join to help stop this illegal action by police and prosecution.