Denver Passes Measure Allowing Social Use of Marijuana

Denver Passes Measure Allowing Marijuana Social Use

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Initiative 300, a ballot initiative legalizing the social use of marijuana at certain businesses in Denver, Colorado, has been passed. Although there are still nearly 6,000 ballots being counted, the initiative’s lead is too great for the remaining ballots to affect the outcome.

Under the new law, Denver businesses will be able to apply for temporary or annual permits for either indoor or outdoor marijuana consumption areas. Patrons must be 21 years or older and the smoking of marijuana will only be allowed in outdoor areas.

However, interested applicants will still need the permission and support from local neighborhood groups, such as a city registered neighborhood organization. In six months, the city council will also be able to repeal or amend the ordinance with a two-thirds majority vote.

Speaking with The Denver Post, Kayvan Khalatbari, the lead initiative proponent and co-owner of Denver Relief Consulting, called the initiative’s passage “a victory for the city of Denver.”

“We are truly grateful to the people of Denver for approving this sensible measure to allow social cannabis use in the city,” Khalatbari said. “This is a victory for cannabis consumers who, like alcohol consumers, simply want the option to enjoy cannabis in social settings.”

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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