Denver Activists Withdraw Social Cannabis Consumption Ballot Measure

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Marijuana activists who proposed a ballot measure to allow adults to use marijuana in bars and other businesses are pulling the proposal.

Instead, the activists seek to come to a compromise with city officials and businesses in the restaurant and lodging sectors. They hope that such a compromise will lead to an ordinance within the next year.

Mason Tvert, of the Marijuana Policy Project, said that it’s too early to tell what the final ordinance might look like. Options range from smoking being allowed only in designated private clubs to a broader proposal that would allow users to vape inside bars or smoke outside.

Mayor Michael Hancock’s office has not yet taken a position on the issue, but the city attorney’s office noted that it may conflict with state laws against public consumption.

The Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association/Metro Denver Lodging Council and the Colorado Restaurant Association released a joint statement in appreciation of the withdrawal of the ballot initiative. The statement notes that “our respective industries are committed to working with the proponents and the city to find a solution that reflects the interests and concerns of all stakeholders.”


Photo Credit: Brian Papantonio


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