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Officials in Denver are working on regulations to open a one-year pilot of bring-your-own weed clubs, while state legislators are expected to consider measures to allow either marijuana “tasting rooms” run by cannabis dispensaries, or smoke-friendly clubs comparable to cigar bars. Colorado representatives from both parties have come around to the idea of Amsterdam-style marijuana clubs for a simple reason: People are tired of seeing weed smokers out in public. State Senator Chris Holbert, a suburban Denver Republican who opposes cannabis legalization stated, “It’s a problem we’ve got to address.” Holbert said he’s even had panhandlers ask him for pot near the state Capitol. Holbert stated, “I mean, look at me. If I’m getting hassled, everyone’s getting hassled.” Democrats here agree that tourists need an out-of-sight place to use marijuana.

State Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver stated, “No voter in Colorado voted to allow the use of marijuana on their sidewalk, in their parks, in their public view. But that’s essentially what we’ve done by not allowing private club space for marijuana uses.” So both parties agree that Colorado needs to allow for places that let patrons smoke marijuana. However, that is where agreement breaks down. A Republican-sponsored measure to allow pot clubs to be regulated like cigar bars was put on hold for a revision. That is because sponsors are trying to address issues that marijuana clubs should not allow medical cannabis use, along with other legal wrinkles. Rachel O’Bryan, who opposes marijuana clubs and ran an unsuccessful campaign to defeat a Denver social-use measure last fall stated, “Telling people to socially use their medicine? That’s like we’re legalizing pill parties.” There is also intense conflict over whether establishing marijuana clubs would invite a federal crackdown. Democratic state Representative Jonathan Singer said, “Jeff Sessions is the big question mark right now. I think we need to send a message to him that Colorado’s doing it right.”

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposes the legalization of marijuana but is undecided on signing a bill to allow clubs, said he is not sure how the administration would respond to clubs. Hickenlooper stated, “I don’t know whether we’d be inviting federal intervention, but certainly that’s one argument I’ve heard used persuasively.” The governor did indicate he would veto a proposal that allowed indoor smoking, not just smoking on enclosed private patios. The Denver clubs would have to follow clean-air regulations banning burned cannabis inside; the statewide measure would allow indoor smoking with “proper ventilation.” Hickenlooper said, “We spent a long time letting everyone know that smoking is bad for you. Just cause that smoke makes you happy, and dumb, doesn’t mean it’s good for you.”

The cannabis industry seems frustrated by Colorado’s halting attempts to figure out how to allow pot clubs. Because current marijuana law is vague, Colorado currently has a patchwork of underground clubs, many of them raided when they try to pay taxes or file permits. Chris Jetter, a licensed marijuana grower who owned a west Denver pot club that was raided twice, stated, “The situation right now is a disaster.” Jetter said authorities took more than six pounds of cannabis, along with tens of thousands in cash, then charged him with illegally distributing marijuana. Jetter stated, “Two or more people can get together and consume alcohol almost anywhere, and there’s no problem with that. But we’re not treating marijuana like alcohol. What’s going to happen with the feds? If they start kicking in doors, I don’t know, but we need to figure something out.”

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As The Lazy Lion conducts their business which is a members only marijuana club known in the notorious city of Colorado. Inside the windowless one-story establishment in an industrial side of Colorado Springs, individuals who have attended the club have paid $5 daily membership fee line up at a glass bar to get bags of pot or take a toke from one of the clubs bowls, for which they give a money “reimbursement”

Colorado Springs has prohibited recreational dispensaries within the city, yet its zoning laws give private clubs, which is where The lazy Lion another clubs alike fit in. These kind of social hangouts are desperately needed, stated The Lazy Lion’s general manager, Aaron Stone “A lot of time on the retail side, people leave the stores with misinformation, and don’t know how to use what they buy,” he states, noting that in its two and a half year run, The Lazy Lion has been the host to job interviews, homework sessions and even post wedding events.

However would people who travel to Colorado for vacation or marijuana supporters truly feel comfortable inside such an establishment like The Lazy Lion? But if not, where should folks venture to so they are able to enjoy marijuana with their peers? Cannabis, with its pass the joint cultural tradition, has always been a social drug. Yet so far, recreational pot laws have dodged dealing with the social guidelines for marijuana use. Colorado and various other states that have legalized cannabis have prohibited using marijuana in public, yet what about using marijuana behind closed doors and among users of age? It is an issue that has big financial and social implications for building the legal marijuana industry.

A proposed Denver initiative looks to resolve the issue by allowing places like bars to permit limited cannabis use on the premises, yet people are indecisive to whether cannabis use should be segregated in separate yet equal marijuana clubs or integrated with other remedies such as alcohol.

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