Police warn that public consumption of drugs and alcohol come with consequences.

Open use of drugs and alcohol frustrating Nelson police

More people are drinking alcohol and smoking drugs in public places, say police.

With the warmer, late spring weather, the Nelson Police Department find themselves interacting with more people drinking alcohol and smoking drugs in public places such as sidewalks, lane ways and city parks.

“We are troubled at the number of people who chose to drink and smoke while walking downtown,” says a release issued by the department.  “The Nelson Police Department would like to remind those that chose to flaunt the laws that govern controlled substances and alcohol, invite police attention and risk possible sanctions.”

Drinking alcohol in public places could net ticket for up to $230.

Police say some people believe that marijuana is now legal. They remind the public that it is still a controlled substance.