Last November voters in Denver approved a measure that will allow certain public spaces to allow marijuana use, as long as the business doesn’t serve alcohol, doesn’t sell marijuana on the premises, doesn’t allow indoor smoking, doesn’t allow anyone under 21 to enter and is approved by the neighborhood.
Now an informal workgroup of city officials, Denver business owners and activists has been created to hammer out a list of suggested regulations for businesses that allow marijuana use on their premises, above and beyond the restrictions listed above.
The measure passed on Election Day doesn’t include a deadline for implementation, but activists and many business owners are hoping for sooner rather than later. Applications for the licenses that no one knows the timetable for are now available and when the rules for licenses are ready, they will cost $2,000.
Much remains to be determined, but in the end there will be places in Denver that people can legally bring their edibles or vaporizers and enjoy them in a public space with other adults. There may even be outdoor smoking areas for those who want to enjoy joints or bongs.
Activists and officials will be watching the new experiment in Denver; for example, the new adult use marijuana legalization measure that passed in November in the state of Maine contains a provision for the creation of marijuana “social clubs” where cannabis can legally be consumed.
It’s hard to imagine widespread marijuana legalization in the U.S. without the eventual inclusion of public places for people to gather and consume a legal substance. The acceptance of something like that may come after the public has had some time to get used to retail sales, legal growing and possession.