In November, (the ski resort town) Breckenridge/Colorado/USA voters overwhelmingly passed an initiative decriminalizing adult possession of small amounts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. It went into effect today.
Breckenridge is the first town in the country to decriminalize drug paraphernalia, and the second to allow recreational marijuana use (Denver is the first.) Since under state law, possession of up to an ounce of pot or drug parahphernalia carries a $100.00 fine and is classified as a petty offense, it can leave you with a criminal record. So the change in Breckenridge is a welcome one, and not that trivial. It remains to be seen whether Breckenridge becomes the “Amsterdam of the Rockies”, or takes business away from neighboring Frisco, Silverthorne and Dillon, which serve the same ski areas, or results in an uptick in arrests for related activity … (full text).