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Thursday, 20 February 2014

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DENVER, COLORADO - In a special meeting of the Colorado General Assembly, lawmakers decided today to ban pot smokers from mountain climbing in Colorado while under the influence.

Despite Colorado's favorable marijuana law, lawmakers are concerned about the danger of mountain climbers combining the state of "being high" with the activity of "climbing high".

"It's for their own good," explains lawmaker Heather Breckenridge. "Our beautiful state of Colorado boasts more land above 10,000 feet than any other state. We can't have our citizens or our tourists falling off mountain peaks by the hundreds, maybe even thousands, now, can we!?"

Of special concern to Colorado lawmakers are the "Fourteeners", 55 Colorado peaks that range from 14,001 ft. Sunshine Peak to the 14,433-foot Mount Elbert high on the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range. Mount Elbert is the highest mountain in the 3,000-mile-long Rocky Mountains, second only to Mt. Whitney, which is the tallest mountain in the contiguous U.S.

When asked to comment on the ban Colorado Mountain Club spokesman, Todd Runngunn, said, "Drat!"

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