In Colorado, the consumption of Marijuana is legal for medical and recreational use. However, It is illegal to consume marijuana in an open and public space like a cafe or restaurant. It can only be consumed in one’s private home or in certain business that are allowed to have smoking in them.
An example of such business is iBake Denver located in Adams County. It is a legal place to smoke cannabis socially; It has a membership fee that an individual must pay in order to smoke with other members. How is this legal? you may ask. Well, according to the owner of the place who goes by the name Thurlow Weed “The Indoors Clean Air Act says there are certain business that are allowed to have smoking in them”.
Smoking is still illegal in public and open spaces, marijuana activists are trying hard to change this reality and allow for the open consumption of cannabis. Recently, Denver police have closed down several businesses where so called “cannabis clubs” were being held. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is currently working on a new and modern ballot initiative that will give people in Denver a legal place to consume cannabis be it in a private place or an open area.
Their goal is to allow the “limited social use” of cannabis. Jordan Person, the executive director of the Denver Chapter of NORML said that at this point, she just wants something to be done. Person really just wants something to happen, any action of progress taking place is OK with her.
Pot activists together with NORML are still working on the exact language that will be present in the petition in order to get as many people as possible to sign it, this process should be finalized within the next few weeks. The final goal is to get that petition on the ballot in November. At this time, marijuana smoking is mostly taking place in two locations. iBake Denver in Adams Country and one place in Englewood.
This will likely further expand to include cities like Aurora and Pueblo. The president and CEO of iBake Denver Thurlow Weed further mentioned that people are not able to smoke cannabis in most public places such as parks, cars, and hotels. So, why not establish a safe and legal place for cannabis consumers to go? While the story may be receiving a large audience due to it’s nature, the city of Denver had no comment on the initiative.