Denver: Mile-High City First in US to Permit Social Marijuana Use

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Effective immediately, officials in Denver have approved the implementation of Proposition 300, the city’s voter-backed social consumption law.

Good news for some marijuana consumers in the Mile High City, the approval of Proposition 300 allows various forms of consumption at authorized bars, restaurants, and other public places.

“The big catch,” according to The Associated Press, is that customers of these pot-friendly establishments won’t actually be able to “smoke” their Colorado chronic inside. Also, any business seeking a permit will need the approval of their neighbors.

A little more than a year after Proposition 300 was passed by 53.57 percent of Denver’s voters, their social consumption ordinance is now in full effect.

The four-year pilot program allows adult patrons of social use businesses, to BYOM (Bring-your-own-marijuana). To be in compliance, Denver’s licensed bars, cafés, and restaurants can allow indoor consumption – provided it’s restricted to vaping and edibles – with absolutely no smoking. For Denver’s licensed businesses with an outdoor area, vaping, edibles, and smoking will be permissible.

Denver Social Consumption Etiquette

  • No sales in social consumption area
  • No social consumption between 2 and 7 a.m.
  • No more than 1 ounce of weed per individual
  • Designated areas will be limited to adults 21 and over
  • Social consumption areas must be at least 1,000 feet from any school
  • Designated consumption areas outside must be concealed from public
  • Denver’s cannabis consumption pilot program expires Dec. 31, 2020

No Amsterdam-Style Coffeeshops for Denver

Denver’s marijuana conundrum is more of a tourist issue than a local problem; most residents can go home and fire up, while 420-visitors are left out in the cold – with only a few places to smoke. While adults over the age of 21 can down their alcoholic beverages at countless establishments throughout the Mile High City and smoke or vape their nicotine-laced tobacco products in most open-air spaces, legal marijuana consumers lack the same rights.

Emmett Reistroffe of Denver Relief Consulting, the firm that helped pass Proposition 300, called out the program’s restrictive “new rules” on Facebook. Reistroffe vowed to address the program’s biggest hurdle – Denver’s zoning restrictions.

As designated in the Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program, any establishment within 1,000 feet of any school, child care facility, drug rehab facility, or city-run pools will be denied a license – which, Reistroffe explained, makes most of Denver’s interested businesses “ineligible from applying.”

Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.

10 Comments

  1. i am 58 years young and puffed for 45 years now and i dont use any other drugs pot is all one needs for any bodly ailments its not a DRUG OR A GATEWAY DRUG its called marajauna and it grows freely on gods earth.eatables are delish they came a long way since i started growing in Maine.

  2. Leo "Skip" Dearing on

    Let’s all hope that Las Vegas and the State of Nevada is not far behind. If there is going to be a buck made the doush nozles in Carson City will find a way. By trying to suck money out of the tourist pocket thus raising prices across the board for everyone they can do us the favor of opening up restrictions on cannabis cafe’s. Hell, the citizens of Nevada should get something out of the “green” windfall not just higher taxes.

    • The citizens of Nevada ARE getting a lot for their investment…..millions of tax revenue dollars that will be used to improve the poor public school system. And millions WON’T be spent prosecuting pot smokers. Win/win.

  3. I have been living home down and most of the time in pain in bed and my has been was always my caretaker and was able to pick up my medicine for me. He has passed on and now I find no one who can get it for me. Since it’s federally illegal, I cannot ask my caregiver to get it for me because she is an employee of an agency. I can’t ask anybody to take me there because not only can I not get into their car with their insurance policies that I can barely get out the door they just get to the doctors appointment once every three months so when the hell are we going to Delivered to those of us who need it the most? I have been separating way to Lyonne have taken away all my opiates the only thing I’ve got left is this medicine and for God sake I can’t even get out to get it what the hell is going on Colorado

  4. Sorry for the confusion but I hurt a lot and I have to use Siri just to type because my hands don’t work thank you thank you for listening to me and I’m sorry that I’m just so upset right now

    • Hang in the Lisbeth. Fwiw, sending good vibes to you. You should absolutely be able to get it delivered if you’re unable to go out and get it. IT IS MEDICINE, and it’s high time it is treated as such.

  5. Charles Barnard on

    Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol are gateway drugs. And cause far more damage to society and individuals than cannabis, psilocybin, or even opioids.

    The problem is caused by a genetic tendency towards addiction, which is a mental illness.

    Despite this, most of our society either view abuse as “any use” and substances as “addictive.”

    Congress has refused the NIH’s request to rename their Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies to “Addiction Studies.”

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