The prosecution of leaders of a Denver cannabis church on charges of open and public consumption of marijuana didn’t make it past jury selection Wednesday.
Denver County Court Judge Fred Rodgers declared a mistrial for International Church of Cannabis founders Steve Berke, Lee Molloy and Briley Hale after city prosecutors decided they couldn’t seat a six-person jury.
The three defendants each face a misdemeanor charge of open and public consumption of marijuana and violating the Colorado Clean Indoor Act. They were issued citations following an April 20, 2017 undercover Denver Police sting conducted during their church’s private, invitation-only 4/20 celebration at which many of the 200-plus attendees smoked marijuana in designated consumption areas. […]