DENVER -- January 1 is getting closer and closer and officials are still dealing with a number of issues related to how to regulate and police legal marijuana.
The Denver City Council voted Monday to decriminalize pot possession for people between the ages of 18 and 21, who are subject to jail time under current statutes.
The vote was unanimous.
Violators of marijuana possession laws in this age group will face fines rather than jail time and permanent convictions on their records, the same penalties applied to people over the age of 21.
"As a criminal offense, it will stay on your record," said District 8 Councilman Albus Brooks, who sponsored the ordinance. "When you try to get a job, when you try to go on in life.
"Just because they did something silly, which a lot of us have done, we don't want that to ruin them for the rest of their lives."
Under the ordinance, everyone over 18 who is caught possessing marijuana -- it's only legal for those over 21 -- will be subject to fines that ratchet up from $150 for the first offense to $500 for the second offense and $999 for the third and any subsequent offense.