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Weird Laws in Colorado
Most people are clueless when it comes to politics and are in oblivion to our government’s functions. For educational purposes, this article will cover the most severe and important laws in Colorado.
First up, Colorado has multiple prohibitions against riding animals drunk on the roads. Specifically, it is illegal to ride a horse under the influence. When asked Junior Sasha Bull for her opinion, she instead responded “what's an influence?” Each county has its own eccentric legislation. Abiding by this inconsistency, it is possible for residents in Boulder to get a DUI for riding a bicycle, but not for riding a horse. For another random law, it is illegal to throw a missile at a car. In an effort to prevent “harassment” and maintain peace, this law exists under Title 18 of the 2016 Colorado Revised Statutes. When asked by Junior Sofia Saavedra for her opinion, she responded, “no sh—”. This was an unappreciated response, and Sofia obviously felt embarrassed that she is not up to date on our own state’s legislation. In Aspen, catapults may not be fired at buildings. This law was passed in an attempt by lawmakers to cover all of their bases in terms of civilian safety despite the law’s concept being inherently ridiculous. To continue the absurdity, residents in Louisville may not own chickens, but may own up to three turkeys in their backyard. Sofia, when made aware of this law, responded, “well Liska owns chickens.” But does Liska live in Louisville? No. Furthering on, according to the law C.R.S. § 18-3-408 in Logan County it is illegal for a man to kiss a woman while she is asleep. Sofia responded, “that's good”, and Sasha asked “what if you are married?” Good question Sasha, but this law is enacted for the primary purpose to protect a person’s right to consent, and would most likely be inapplicable to a couple which decides to be together. Another unique law is in Section 5-4-16 of Boulder’s municipal code which prescribes that placing furniture out on a front porch is illegal. Evidently, this law was enacted for the sole reason of preventing an eyesore.
I n the Switzerland of America, these unnecessary and laughable laws decorate a beautiful state: Colorado.