Over 4/20 weekend, the popular Grassroots Breakroom was shut down thanks to major grey areas in the law and an uncertain aura around private venues allowing safe, personal consumption in their confines.
That decision was unexpected, perhaps unjust, and rocked the community. But now, there’s a light that’s shining hope for social consumption and perhaps even cannabis cafes down the line in Colorado.
In June, MPP activist Mason Tvert and leading cannabis lawyer Brian Vicente (who helped write Amendment 64) drafted a petition for an initiative that would put social consumption on November’s ballot. That petition needed 4,726 to qualify for the ballot and the group announced they hit that number today with over 10,000 signatures, easily doubling the goal.
That means that come November, Denver’s citizens will be allowed to vote on whether or not private cannabis clubs like the Grassroots Breakroom and others can exist in our liberated city. Given the city’s natural inclination and legalization, we hope, expect, and encourage the city’s people to do just that.
In a nutshell, the measure would allow for private clubs to allow on site consumption (but not sales) for anyone 21-and-older as long as that venue authorizes consumption. The language does say that marijuana can’t be consumed indoor or violate the states Clean Indoor Act but that it can be consumed as long as it’s not “visible to the public.”
The only buzzkill? You can only vaporize in these clubs thanks to the limited language. Also, venues that sell alcohol (and likely food) can’t adopt this act…so cannabis cafes aren’t quite upon us.
Either way, the measure making the ballot and hopefully winning this fall represents a nice step for Denver’s community and one that can hopefully pave the way for more liberal laws, including those that allow for cannabis cafes like the ones in Amsterdam.
Denver and Colorado’s patients and cannabis consumers need a place outside of the comfort of their homes to medicate and/or recreate. Considering many people travel to this state to soak up its newfound freedom, not giving individuals a place to do so is simply another, modern form of prohibition.
One day, people in Denver and all over the United States can will be able to order weed off of a menu.