Article by Kristen Wyatt, Civilized
Denver is starting work Wednesday on becoming the first city in the nation to allow marijuana clubs and public cannabis use in places such as coffee shops, yoga studios and art galleries.
Voters narrowly approved the “social use” measure last November. But the ballot proposal didn’t spell out many rules for how the marijuana could be consumed, beyond saying that the drug can’t be smoked inside and that patrons must be over 21.
A workgroup made up of Denver business owners, city pot regulators and marijuana opponents starts work on suggesting regulations in the afternoon.
The state Liquor Control Board already has decreed that no businesses with a liquor license can allow marijuana use. That leaves it to restaurants that don’t serve alcohol and other event spaces.
There’s no deadline for Denver to finalize rules. Supporters hope to see the city start accepting applications by this summer.
Emmett Reistroffer, a cannabis−industry consultant who ran last year’s campaign to allow public marijuana use, said the eventual regulations will require neighbourhood approval for any cannabis clubs or coffee shops. Reistroffer organized a recent public meeting about the measure and invited interested businesses, saying a few dozen showed up to find out more.