Opponents Say Barring Pot Use in Denver Businesses Unwise

Article by Steven K. Paulson, Associated Press via CNBC

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Opponents of a state ruling that would prevent bars and many restaurants in Denver from offering on-site marijuana consumption said the ruling would overturn a law approved by voters and force people to sneak around while they use pot and consume alcohol.

The new rule announced Friday bars liquor-license holders from apolplying for a permit to allow the consumption of pot. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said using alcohol and marijuana together increases impairment.

Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the national Marijuana Policy Project, said the measure approved by voters this month would allow servers to keep track of customers who drink and consume pot products instead of forcing them to go outside or hide behind closed doors.

“Under the new law, people would be wearing a green wristband that would identify them. Our alcohol policies already rely on the judgment of the server,” Tvert said.

Daniel Landes, owner of the City O’ City restaurant and bar in Denver, which has a fully stocked bar that includes chai infused rye whiskey and a vegetarian menu, said he wants the option of holding special events where marijuana is allowed, including cannabis conventions in Denver.

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