Denver marijuana rules for social consumption areas mostly supported in public comments

Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses will have to decide which group if any it will listen to as it finalizes its rules later this month.

Residents listen to a gather for a public hearing on the draft rules for social cannabis consumption areas, June 13, 2017. (Courtesy of Denverite Now podcast host Paul Karolyi )
Residents listen to a gather for a public hearing on the draft rules for social cannabis consumption areas, June 13, 2017. (Courtesy of Denverite Now podcast host Paul Karolyi )

A large number of people who weighed in during the last 30-plus days on Denver’s draft rules for social consumption areas were supportive of the city’s plan for regulating marijuana use in businesses and at events, asking for only a few tweaks and clarifications.

However, a contingent of Initiative 300 backers called the proposed rules too restrictive while other residents, particularly from the Washington Park West neighborhood, said they are not restrictive enough.


Backers of I-300 want fewer rules for when and where you can use pot in public

Backers of I-300 sent a letter Thursday calling some of the agency’s draft rules “unnecessary and overly burdensome” for businesses.

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Views of Denver’s City and County Building. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The group that successfully asked Denver during the November election to OK using marijuana in yoga studios, restaurants and other businesses said Thursday it’s unhappy with how Initiative 300 is on pace to roll out.


It’s your turn: Weigh in on what using marijuana at Denver events and businesses should look like

Under Denver’s draft rules, you could vape indoors with a ventilation plan, and social use permits won’t be issued in neighborhoods.

Liz hits a joint at Chong's Choice launch party in RiNo. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Liz hits a joint at Chong’s Choice launch party in RiNo. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Denver revealed its draft set of rules for social consumption areas Thursday and is giving residents the chance next month to weigh in on them during a public hearing.


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.


Social marijuana could hit Denver by July: Everything you need to know about the draft rules for businesses

Here’s what to keep an eye on as Denver’s rules for social cannabis consumption areas are finalized.

Revelry at Chong's Choice launch party in RiNo. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Revelry at Chong’s Choice launch party in RiNo. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

The committee tasked with shaping Initiative 300’s roll-out met for the final time last week. Now Denver officials can hash out the details of where people can consume cannabis throughout the city — and we already have a good idea of what’s up for discussion.

A draft set of rules for social consumption areas is expected to be released by April 25. Before they’re finalized, people will be able to weigh in May 25 at a public hearing, according to Denver Excise and Licenses.

The department responsible for licensing Denver’s pot shops hopes to start approving businesses to open social consumption areas as early as July.