Colorado Senate Committee Passes Measure to Allow Private Marijuana Clubs

Colorado’s Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee has given approval to legislation allowing for the operation of private marijuana clubs.

Marijuana ClubsSenate Bill 184 was passed with a bipartisan 5 to 2 vote, sending it towards a vote by the full Senate. The measure “authorizes the operation of a private marijuana club” if the “local jurisdiction has authorized clubs”. Under the proposed law, marijuana clubs would be defined as ” a membership-based club not accessible to the general public that operates to allow members to consume retail or medical marijuana on the premises”.

According to the measure’s summary, below are a list of rules that such clubs must follow in order to be operating within state law:

  • All members and employees of the club must be 21 years of age or older;
  • A club owner must be a resident of Colorado for at least 2 years prior to owning the club;
  • The club’s employees must be Colorado residents;
  • The club cannot sell or serve alcohol or food;
  • A club owner shall not sell marijuana on the premises [everyone must bring their own]; and
  • A club owner shall not permit the sale or exchange of marijuana for remuneration on the premises.

Click here for the full text of Senate Bill 184, which was filed by Senator Bob Gardner (R) with Representative Daniel Pabon (D) serving as the measure’s House cosponsor.

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