Rule Bans Bars, Many Restaurants From Creating Pot-Use Areas

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Bars and many restaurants in Denver won’t be able to offer on-site marijuana consumption because of a new state rule announced Friday that prohibits liquor-license holders from applying for the permit.

The new regulation, approved by the Liquor Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of Revenue, takes effect Jan. 1 and strikes a major blow to Denver’s voter-passed initiative to allow patrons to consume cannabis in such establishments, according to The Denver Post ( https://goo.gl/eQWg3t )

Supporters of the city’s initiative, which passed in the Nov. 8 election, reacted with dismay and said they were studying the state’s decision.

“It’s remarkable that state officials are trying to scare bars and restaurants into not seeking these permits,” said Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the national Marijuana Policy Project and a proponent of the consumption law. “The Department of Revenue is fighting a turf battle on behalf of the liquor industry.”

Meanwhile, Mothers Against Drunk Driving applauded the decision, saying the group is concerned about the consequences of alcohol and marijuana impairment on the state’s roads.

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