Denver pot activists are continuing their blitz to expand the space where you can legally smoke/vape/dab your cannabis products. First they got it so you could smoke weed at home if you were a medical marijuana patient, then just any old person could smoke weed at home even if they felt great. Then they smoked weed at a film festivals and, continuing the theme, in a private bus with a world famous movie director.
Then they said, “hey, why don’t we try to get our own special clubs where like-minded people can get high in public away from noses that don’t like the smell of weed and the people who look down those noses at us?” – or something to that effect when a local lawmaker put forward his ideas for legal cannabis clubs earlier this year.
But now some super-activists are skipping over the whole weed club angle and skipping straight to the, “hey, we’re all adults and recreational marijuana is legal, so why don’t we just have designated smoking and vaping sections wherever business owners feel like it?”
That’s just what Mason Tvert and Brian Vicente, known activists in the area, are proposing in their new initiative. The idea, which is similar to a model used in Toronto, is that businesses who are hip to the whole weed thing can provide an indoor vaping section and an outdoor flower-smoking garden that would be out of the view of passersby. Both of these sections would be compliant with Colorado smoking laws, which allow e-cigarettes indoors and smoking in designated outdoor areas, and both would be 21 and over affairs.
The city seems to support the idea. Denver marijuana czar Ashley Kilroy told The Cannabist that while the city doesn’t usually take positions on ordinances up for consideration, ideas like the ones from Tvert and Vincente have “been on our agenda.”
“The conversation around consuming marijuana in commercial establishments, those conversations have already begun with community members, industry representatives, business leaders and business groups,” said Kilroy. “They raise the same types of questions we’ve been asking about this: Do the people of Denver want to consume marijuana in a commercial business? What issues would we be solving if we allowed this in some way? I think those questions have been out there, and we’ve been engaged in those conversations.”
Such a change in city policy could also be a boon for the tourism industry, as visitors who come to Denver specifically to imbibe their fine weeds could actually have a legit place to smoke them now. “We allow adults to purchase limited amounts of marijuana, and they should be allowed to have a place where they can consume it legally,” said Tvert.
In order to pass, the ordinance will have to prove to some that it doesn’t contradict State Amendment 64, which could be interpreted as prohibiting all consumption of cannabis in public. The petition will also have to collect more than 4,700 signatures and be ”signed, sealed and delivered” to the City Attorney’s office by September if it’s going to end up on the November ballot.