On Nov. 18, 2016, the Colorado Department of Revenue announced a new rule that would prevent holders of liquor licenses from allowing on-site use of marijuana, striking a blow to supporters of Initiative 300, a ballot measure allowing the social use of marijuana in Denver.
According to The Denver Post, the department passed the rules after members of the liquor industry raised concerns, as did groups like the Colorado Restaurant Association. A chief concern was that patrons would mix alcohol and marijuana together and that Denver’s new law would create confusion among insurers.
While the new rule does not completely cripple Initiative 300, supporters of the initiative blasted the department’s decision. Speaking with The Denver Post, Marijuana Policy Project director of communications Mason Tvert called the new rule “absurd.”
“It is astonishing that the Department of Revenue is so openly fighting a turf battle on behalf of the liquor industry,” Tvert said. “They seem to think it’s fine for patrons of bars and concert venues to get blackout drunk, but unacceptable for them to use a far less harmful substance like marijuana instead.”