A campaign is under way to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21.
DENVER — Beer? Wine? Or weed?
A campaign is under way to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only permit people over 21. Activists who campaigned for recreational pot legalization in Colorado have launched a petition drive to allow what they call “limited social marijuana consumption” at bars.
The activists need about 5,000 signatures to get the question on November ballots.
It would let bars or clubs allow marijuana use as long as patrons bring their own weed and comply with clean-air laws. That means the pot they consume would have to be edible, or if smoked, consumed on an outside patio the way cigarette smoking is regulated now. Outdoor smoking sites would have to be shielded from public view.
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“Marijuana’s now a legal product for adults in Denver, and it’s really time that we give adults a place to use it legally and socially,” said Mason Tvert, who ran Colorado’s 2012 campaign to legalize recreational pot. “We shouldn’t be requiring that you sit at home if you choose to use marijuana as an adult.”
Colorado law prohibits recreational pot consumption “openly and publicly or in a manner that endangers others.” It does not, however, bar against consumption in private over-21 clubs. The Denver measure would clarify what counts as a private club.
Pot dispensaries are banned from allowing on-site use of the products they sell, and from selling alcohol or food that doesn’t contain pot. The Denver proposal would allow only bring-your-own consumption.