Initiative 300: Is this the marijuana consumption ordinance we’ve been looking for?

Gir Scout Cookies strain of cannabis at Simply Pure. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite) dispensary; marijuana
For here or to go? (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)


Initiative 300 on the Denver city ballot would create a mechanism to allow use in public at businesses that obtain a license from the city, similar to a liquor license. This would give tourists, people who live in federally subsidized housing, people whose landlords or HOAs don’t allow smoking and people who just want to consume somewhere other than the comfort of their living room for some reason a legal place to do so.

While it’s the only public consumption measure on the ballot this year, it’s not the only idea that’s been proposed. Is this the right approach?