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Well, it finally happened. A ski town has legalized the evil weed. On Tuesday, voters in Breckenridge, Colorado, approved Measure 2F, which eliminates the town’s criminal penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by a person 21 or older. A whopping 73 percent voted in favor of the measure, which also ends charges for possession of pot paraphernalia like bongs, pipes, and that apple you turned into a pipe.
But Breck’s new measure isn’t a free pass to fire up a doob all willy-nilly. You can’t smoke in public, drive under the influence, and if you’re a minor, possession is still a criminal offense. And on-mountain puffing? You’ll still get busted. “In spite of the outcome of this vote, the possession and use of marijuana other than for medical use remains illegal under Colorado state law and using any ski lift or ski slope or trail while under the influence is prohibited under the Colorado Ski Safety Act,” said Pat Campbell, chief operating officer for Breckenridge Ski Resort. And elsewhere in Colorado, Durango—home to Durango Mountain Resort and close to Silverton Mountain—might be the next to decriminalize pot. A group called Sensible Durango is hoping to put a similar measure on the city’s ballot for the November 2010 elections.