Denver’s “Adult Use” initiative to allow public marijuana consumption didn’t make the ballot

Man smoking marijuana. (Rafael Castillo/Flickr)

An initiative that would have allowed the creation of private cannabis clubs will not appear on the November ballot.

The Denver Elections Division announced Monday that the measure did not have enough signatures.

The Elections Division hasn’t made an announcement yet about the status of a competing measure that would allow businesses to create small consumption areas.

Responsible Use Denver — that’s Adult Use Denver on Twitter – had the backing of the Denver chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The cannabis clubs wouldn’t be able to sell marijuana, alcohol or food other than snacks.

The other measure, called the Neighborhood Approved Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program, would create a pilot program that would sunset in 2020 unless it was extended by the City Council or another voter initiative.

Just about any existing business could create a consumption area provided it was restricted to people 21 and older and not visible to those outside the restricted area. They would be regulated similar to bars and need the approval of a registered neighborhood association as part of the permit process.