DENVER, Feb. 7, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Utopia All Natural Wellness Spa and Lounge LLC will submit its application Wednesday for one of Denver’s first Cannabis Consumption Establishment licenses. The business, which is being welcomed by local neighborhood groups, will be the nation’s first fully licensed, state-legal cannabis spa.
Utopia will offer cannabis-infused massages, ganja yoga, and other cannabis-friendly activities to patrons 21 and older, as well as meditation coaching, educational seminars, and patient support and networking groups. It will have private memberships available that allow members to access the legally designated cannabis consumption areas. Utopia will also feature a retail area for high-quality and locally sourced hemp products, natural health and beauty products, supplements, and cosmetics. The company will use its space for cannabis-friendly cooking classes, corporate retreats, and other private functions. It will not sell cannabis or cannabis-infused products.
“Utopia will offer a unique experience that cannot be found anyplace else in the country,” said Utopia CEO Cindy Sovine, a Colorado native who has operated a government relations practice since 2006. “Our mission is to provide a place of retreat for cannabis consumers and access to high-quality products and services for those who wish to explore natural options for self-care.”
The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses created the licensing system for Cannabis Consumption Establishments following voters’ approval of I-300 in 2016. The measure allows businesses to apply for such licenses if they have received the official support of at least one Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) or Business Improvement District (BID).
“The goal of I-300 was to allow for safe and legal spaces in which adults can congregate and consume cannabis socially,” said Kayvan Khalatbari, the lead sponsor of I-300. He owns multiple local businesses in Denver and serves on Utopia’s Executive Advisory Board. “Business models like Utopia’s are what we had in mind when we drafted I-300, and I think it’s what the voters had in mind when they approved it. This is a responsible step forward, not just for the cannabis industry, but for Denver.”
Utopia, which has leased the historic Creswell Mansion at 1244 Grant St., just two blocks from the Colorado State Capitol, has received the official support of five RNOs: Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN), Cultural Arts Residential Organization (CARO), Denver Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC), The Shire of Capitol Hill, and Unsinkables, Inc.
“We are proud to have the support of five wonderful neighborhood organizations,” Sovine said. “Utopia is committed to being a good neighbor and valuable addition to the community. We are looking forward to opening our doors, not just to cannabis consumers, but all adults interested in natural self-care and making healthy changes to their lifestyle.”