Denver Colorado is the first in the nation to move forward with the attempt to allow marijuana clubs as Senate bill 17-184 clears first hurdle.
Senate bill 17-184 authorizes the operation of a private marijuana club (club) only if the local jurisdiction has authorized clubs. A club must meet the following qualifications:
- 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; and
- A club owner shall not permit the sale or exchange of marijuana for remuneration on the premises.
The bill prohibits the open and public consumption of marijuana and defines the terms ‘open and public’, ‘openly’, and ‘publicly’.
While smoking is banned from numerous places like parks, rental cars, hotels, and sidewalks, where does that leave tourists who come to Colorado?
“We’re legal and we need a place for people to go. We need social clubs,”
– Ashley Weber of Colorado NORML
Though bars couldn’t allow pot consumption, yoga studios, art galleries, coffee shops or other public event spaces could apply for licenses.
The statewide measure now awaits a vote by the full Senate.
Even if Colorado’s pot club proposal clears the Senate and then the House, the bill still faces a dicey path to becoming law.
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper opposed Denver’s pot-club measure last fall, and he has told reporters more recently that he’s not sure if a statewide pot-club law would invite federal intervention in Colorado’s marijuana experiment.
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