761 Denver Tickets For Public Pot Use In 2015

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<p>In this April 19, 2014 file photo, partygoers dance and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver. </p>

Denver Police have handed out more than 1,500 citations for public consumption of pot in the last two years.

Meanwhile, negotiations to allow pot clubs in the city have stalled.

Before recreational marijuana stores opened in Denver, police handed out relatively few citations for public consumption. In 2013, there were less than 200. When recreational pot shops opened in 2014, citations shot up more than 300 percent. By 2015, Denver police handed out 761 citations for getting high in public.

There are few legal options for tourists to consume marijuana in Colorado.

Pot advocates collected signatures for a ballot measure that would have allowed pot clubs in Denver. But they pulled the measure before it made the ballot to negotiate with the city on an ordinance instead. The city says those negotiations are on hold while they consider a moratorium on new pot stores and grow operations.