Marijuana Cafes Won the Vote
Good news for sociable cannabis lovers! Marijuana cafes are on the brink of becoming a reality in Denver after Initiative 300 was approved by the voting public in November 2016. 53% of the voters agreed to the idea of putting a new pilot program into place that will enable the city to experience marijuana consumption on a social level for the next couple of years.
Basically, the new ordinance will enable businesses that currently have a license to function within the city’s limits to apply for a new permit that gives them the prerogative to establish a “designated consumption spot” for weed smokers.
The recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in Colorado since 2012, but the absence of legal places to smoke weed in Denver has resulted in consumption in public places, such as Denver’s 16th Street Mall. Until marijuana cafes officially open in Denver, weed consumption is only allowed in private residences. Public smoking is illegal, although enforcement tends to be lax.
History Favors the Bold
So the important question here is who will open the first legal marijuana cafe in the city of Denver? Of course, it’s easy to speculate, but it is still improbable that one will be opening soon. Although the application process is now open, the approval process is long. Many business owners have expressed concern that the terms of the licensing process are too strict to be worthwhile, but there are still a handful of candidates hoping to make history as one of the first legal marijuana cafes in Denver, the US, and the world.
Jim Norris, the co-owner of Mutiny Information Café, a coffee shop and used book store, hopes to be one of the very first few people to acquire a marijuana cafe license, which is officially referred to as a public smoking permit when it eventually becomes available. The Mutiny Information Café is a hot spot for nerds, punks, and book lovers. The store smells of old books and coffee and would be a great place for weed smokers to unite and discuss music, art, and politics.
In addition, Mutiny Information Café hosts comedy nights and dance parties, meaning the store caters to a diverse target audience with a strong sense of loyalty and community. We speculate Norris to become the first to receive the permit is because he does not have an alcohol license – which would have made Mutiny immediately ineligible – and also because marijuana customers will not be the store’s only revenue source.
The idea behind the store is to allow people to come in and indulge in THC while they hang out with friends. They can buy a book, play some pinball, or have some coffee, maybe get a record or a comic. Basically, nothing much will change in the store except for the fact that people will be enjoying weed. Norris believes that cannabis and caffeine gel together quite well, inspiring deep talks and creativity.
Follow the Leader to Marijuana Cafes
Denver has now become the center of attention as many states are hopeful to follow suit. If Denver fails to create a successful blueprint for public weed consumption — especially through marijuana cafes — it could cause problems for weed business owners in other states. It’s up to Denver to get it right.
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