In preparation for the Democratic Convention that begins today, the mayor of Denver issued a directive to the police department not to enforce the marijuana laws during the convention.
The Denver Marijuana Policy Review Panel, assembled by Mayor John Hickenlooper on December 21, 2007, has adopted a resolution:
The Marijuana Policy Review Panel recommends that the Denver Police Department should refrain from arresting, detaining, or issuing a citation to any adult 21 years of age or older for the private possession of up to one ounce of marijuana during the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
The DNC estimates some 50,000 people consisting of some 5,000 delegates and 15,000 reporters are expected to attend the convention. That leaves 30,000 people unaccounted for so I assume they constitute the protesters. That’s six protesters and three reporters for every delegate except that a Mr. Glen Spagnuolo, a lead organizer for the protest group Re-Create 68, promises 50,000 protesters coming in for the march from Civic Center to the Pepsi Center. That would up the ante to ten protesters and three reporters per delegate.
With 50,000 wrinkly, unemployed, Vietnam love-in, pro-hemp activists marching through the city, I have to agree with the Mayor. After all, it would be torture akin to water-boarding to have to listen to Cindy Sheehan and Ward Churchill without being high. Besides, I don’t think Denver’s “Gitmo on the Platte” can hold 50,000 repressed adolescents.
On the other hand, maybe the request to refrain from arresting pot smokers came down from the DNC itself. After all, it could prove to be somewhat embarassing if during the state roll call it was discovered half the delegates are locked up. But I don’t know that to be true. I’m just assuming the DNC knows their constituency better than I do.