Denver: Initiative to Allow Cannabis Consumption in Bars and Clubs Approved by City Officials

marijuana-smoker1Denver city officials have given approval to theย Limited Social Marijuana Consumption Initiative, allowing advocates to begin gathering signatures in attempt to place the proposal on this November’s ballot.

If advocates are successful in collecting 4,726 valid signatures by September 3rd, the initiative will be placed on the November general election ballot. If approved by voters, it would allow cannabis to be consumed at any venue where only those 21 and older are allowed, such as bars and adult-only clubs.

“People recognize that this makes sense,” says Mason Tvert, one of the primary backers of the initiative who was also a key player in getting Amendment 64 approved in 2012. “We are simply talking about limited social use for adults โ€” allowing limited social use in businesses that choose to allow it. These businesses will only be accessible to people 21 and older, or they’ll have an area that can only be accessed by people 21 and over. So it’s hard to understand why that would be problematic to anyone.”

Although 4,726 signatures are needed to put the initiative to a vote, advocates are aiming for around double that, in order to account for invalid signatures (including from those who aren’t registered to vote and any duplicates).

โ€“ TheJointBlog

18 thoughts on “Denver: Initiative to Allow Cannabis Consumption in Bars and Clubs Approved by City Officials”

  1. For all of you against it, you pretend that people aren’t already using pens at the bars, so if you try to prohibit it all you do is continually make these people criminals. Isn’t that the whole argument for legalization?

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  2. Wtf is all this talk about guns and alcohol?

    Does this story mention anything about handing someone a 9mm and a bottle of woodford reserve and a joint at the door?

    Calm down children.

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  3. I don’t really care whether or not bars allow cannabis consumption. Concert venues would be nice (outdoors in smoking areas). Cannabis only clubs need to be introduced, though. Why shouldn’t they be allowed?

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  4. Allowing marijuana to be consumed together in bar’s is a horrible idea. I realize this will be put to the voter’s via initiative. Still, it set’s a terrible precedent which only gives further ammunition to prohibition minded States.

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  5. No no no no no !! Alcohol and cannabis should never be mixed. Allow smoking outdoors. Children don’t know the difference between a joint and a tobacco cigarette and most likely don’t care. Besides, what are you doing smoking cannabis so close to children anyway ? Find a more secluded spot, you fool. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I love that this is about to happen , we have tours that go to the clubs in Colorado Springs. Take a look at these

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    • Wait until one of your States gun nuts goes off. Bye-Bye legalization. Why end it all caving in to greedy club owner’s and booze-hounds. This is why I live on the West Coast.

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      • The greed of the colorado cannabis industry knows no bounds. I actually read a woman defending the useage of eagle 20 (A pesticide that many dispos here where caught using). Some of those dispos using this toxic pesticide claimed to grow organic cannabis. Here is another example of how colorado legalization is a detriment to the cause of freeing the plant.

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    • Anonymous:

      Agreed, Nothing like shooting a thriving tourist industry right in the foot. This proposal is way too dangerous. Portland and Seattle officials must be loving this news. No one I know would want to be around drunken stoners with guns. Tourists will rightly by-pass Colorado for Portland and Seattle.

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  7. Colorado. has had some pretty silly idea’s, following legalization yet this is probably the worst one so far. Putting Pot-smokers at risk among alcoholic gun-nut booze-hounds in crowded clubs, What could possibly go wrong ?

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  8. Morraine:

    Any hope Washington State citizen’s may have once have had in seeing the implementation of logical, sane cannabis policy, following the Nov.2012 legalization vote, was dashed the moment Washington’s State Senate flipped to the cannabis hating, police-State loving, far-right, Republican’s.

    PS: Thanks to Washington’s 18-29 year old transplanted California voter’s. You voted at the lowest percentage in over 50 years ( <18%) on Nov. 2014 making all of this Washington joy possible.

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  9. Any glimmer of hope that Washington’s legalization law would ever be successful was sunk the moment it was announced that the Washington State Senate had flipped to Washington’s cannabis hating, extremist Republican political Party, November 2014. These KoOkS took power for the first time in over 40 years. This was due to the lowest mail-in ballot vote by 18-29 year old voter’s in 50 years <18%.. Washington's resulting terrible marijuana laws (including the death of medical) is squarely on them.

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  10. thats the great thing about the great state of Colorado We the People get er done. If a politician doesn’t do what the majority of what we want we recall them and elect politician who do do the will of the majority. We just get signatures on issues and we the people decide. Majority rules in our state too bad it doesn’t get done federally by the majority

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    • Colorado voter’s may get the job done at the polls, not here in Washington. Let’s just say It’s pretty freak’n bad when the State sends voter’s mail-in ballots, yet people are too lazy to fill them out, and simply drop them in a mail-box ?

      Thankfully a very prestigious group of Seattle attorney’s recently announced they are going to step in and try to stop SB5052 becoming law next July (again, first up, stopping Seattle’s Mayor who will closse 60% of Seattle medical patient access if he has his way.

      Like many other disabled Washington medical patients I voted for legalization. Only because the bill’s sponsor’s promised us they would leave our medical law alone. The result 3 years later? Washington now has no medical marijuana law. Olympia killed it off entirely. ( Our now dead medical law was voter approved in 1998). They couldn’t have cared less.

      They’re trying to dupe medical patients into believing we still have medical trying to get patients to buy from the State cartel stores masquerading as medical marijuana dispensaries. That’s strange though because Olympia also made it illegal for the stores to offer patients any medical advice.

      They then added new State marijuana felony laws so they can imprison patients and seize their property once again

      If these lawsuits against the State end up wrecking the States recreational cartel store program, there wouldn’t be too many tears shed in Seattle.

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  11. Gosh darn you Colorado, you are doing what Washington STATE should have done.

    Responsible cannabis use can LOWER the alcohol consumption but mixing the two isn’t a good idea… that I would make sure that the person had a ride home – keys at the door, you can afford it BARS and RESTAURANTS, you WANT that customer BACK.

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