Colorado lawmakers don’t want to be pot club pioneers after all

Today in “nevermind,” Colorado lawmakers backed off plans to regulate marijuana clubs for fear of inviting a federal crackdown.

Revelry at Chong's Choice launch party in RiNo. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Not what Colorado lawmakers want Attorney General Jeff Sessions to see. Not what Gov. John Hickenlooper wants to see either. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

Colorado lawmakers have backed off plans to regulate marijuana clubs, saying the state would invite a federal crackdown by approving Amsterdam-style pot clubs.


Colorado warms to pot clubs, despite federal uncertainty

Verde Natural CEO Rudy Ellenbogen inspects a bowl of trimmed marijuana buds at his Northeast Park Hill grow facility. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) marijuana; pot; weed; verde natural; tommy chong; grow; agriculture; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Verde Natural CEO Rudy Ellenbogen inspects a bowl of trimmed marijuana buds at his Northeast Park Hill grow facility. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

At risk of raising the ire of the White House, Colorado is on the brink of becoming the first state with licensed pot clubs. But the details of how these clubs will operate are as hazy as the underground clubs operating already.

Denver officials are working on regulations to open a one-year pilot of bring-your-own marijuana clubs, while state lawmakers are expected to consider measures to allow either marijuana “tasting rooms” run by marijuana dispensaries, or smoke-friendly clubs akin to cigar bars.


Denver offers applications for marijuana clubs starting Friday, but lots of questions remain

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Verde Natural CEO Rudy Ellenbogen inspects a bowl of trimmed marijuana buds at his Northeast Park Hill grow facility. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

Denver has started work on the nation’s first law allowing marijuana clubs and use in public places such as coffee shops or art galleries. But the details about what those pot clubs would look like are very much in the air. Here’s what we know, and don’t know, about the looming pot clubs headed to Denver: