December 6th, 2016
“Would you go to a marijuana bar… or a pot party?” asks the news host, a touch awkwardly.
The local TV report below looks at how Initiative 300—a groundbreaking measure approved by Denver voters last month to allow businesses in their city to apply for permits to host marijuana consumption—will be implemented in practice.
Some businesses are eager to apply for consumption permits as soon as possible (next month) to cement Denver’s status as the most marijuana-friendly city in the US. The owner of one bookstore-and-cafe envisages holding a monthly marijuana event involving “a dance party, comedians, just kind of a good time.”
But the City Council wants to move cautiously while its lawyers consider how to make its permits compatible with state laws that ban open and public consumption. So it could be late summer 2017 by the time the first license-holders can open their doors to cannabis use—beginning with special events and moving on to more regular consumption arrangements. Proponents of I-300 seem to be ok with this delay while the details are figured out.