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Colorado law enforcement gather to discuss marijuana enforcement

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It's been two years since voters approved Amendment 64, legalizing marijuana. Law enforcement across the state admit things haven't been so cut and dry when it comes to marijuana enforcement.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers are gathering at the University of Denver for a three day training conference.  It's being put on by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.

"This is a big experiment, and if you think we have all the answers two years into it, you're wrong," said Andrew Freedman Colorado's Director of Marijuana Coordination.

Amendment 64 is very complex, and officers are always working to catch those that take advantage of it, while protecting those that use marijuana legally.

Most evidence of marijuana's impact is anecdotal rather than statistical.

"I wish I could tell you we have measurable statistics to compare 2010 to 2012 to 2014 to today," said District Attorney George Brauchler. "We don't."

He says district attorneys are finding some marijuana arrests are difficult to prosecute. "If you have a blood alcohol limit in excess of point zero eight, you're going to be guilty," Brauchler said. "We don't have that for marijuana."

A "Marijuana 101" course for officers has just recently been implemented. Only about 29 percent of Colorado Law enforcement have taken it so far. 

Many of the officers at the conference are here from other states to learn how Colorado is handling legal marijuana.

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