Earlier in the year Travel Joint was excited to report that Denver NORML announced plans that could bring cannabis clubs to Denver. We have gotten an update from the Director of that campaign and friend of Travel Joint Jordan Person.
Denver NORML has submitted an initiative in Denver that would allow the use of marijuana in designated clubs and special events within the city. If passed the proposal would greatly advance cannabis tourism in Denver. As many know all too well there are many places to get cannabis in Denver, but not so many places to enjoy it. Jordan Person, Executive Director of Denver NORML understands that “Denver residents and visitors alike need places other than private homes to legally and responsibly enjoy legal marijuana with other adults.” This is a timely and reasonable change which will benefit the citizens of Denver and this budding industry.
For now, the City of Denver has time make recommendations and respond to the proposal. Once the language of the initiative is approved, NORML will begin gathering signatures to get it on the 2016 ballot. If passed as introduced “The city will be able to license and regulate private marijuana clubs and special events to ensure public health and safety,” Person said also noting the need for “consumer-friendly” regulations. These clubs and events would be stand-alone venues which could not sell or distribute marijuana. Person states, “we feel this is a pragmatic approach to the issue. We are starting with the basics.”
Businesses that are already open such as bars, nightclubs and restaurants could not become private marijuana clubs under the proposed language. Nonetheless, Person expects “there will be a wide range of clubs to serve Denver’s huge and diverse marijuana market.” Denver is one of the most popular destinations on The Travel Joint. This initiative will continue to grow the city’s profile as a world class cannabis tourism location.