When people think of Colorado, many think of it as the motherland of cannabis, where everyone is the most pot loving progressive person you’ve ever met. It’s not like that, however, and although recreational cannabis may have been legalized, some areas are taking big steps in the wrong direction. Colorado Springs has been consistent with passing laws to limit the pro pot legislation passed statewide. Not only are they spending a lot of time and money to crack down on home grows, but they don’t even allow the sale of recreational cannabis in the city. Obviously there are still plenty of people living in Colorado Springs that are not medical marijuana patients that would be interested in partaking every now and again. In light of the demand, the cannabis community found a nice little loophole in cannabis consumption clubs. This roundabout way of getting people their weed was working just fine, until they came under attack this year.
The cannabis clubs started appearing in Colorado Springs after 2012, when Amendment 64 was passed. They were the perfect solution for those people that needed a place to medicate privately, since public consumption was banned. These clubs provide not only a legal haven, but a fun place to socialize with like minded individuals. Smoking clubs were still prevalent in Colorado Springs, despite recreational cannabis sale being outlawed. The clubs realized that they could still provide flower and dabs to patrons, as long as they did it on a donation basis. Most clubs would also have a membership option. This deal is particularly good for the cannabis clubs, because they often make guests sign waivers saying that the club has permission to grow the 6 plants each citizen is allowed. It doesn’t take too many customers signing up with that deal for a club to have all the product they need. Unfortunately, a ban passed earlier this year has put an end to this backdoor solution.
The ban on cannabis clubs was enacted March 22nd by Colorado Spring City Council, and this week 9 clubs have received their cease and desist letters. There is little recourse for these 9 clubs, but there is potential for other clubs to extend their license one more time. Any club that is older than September 23, 2015 has eight whole years to completely phase out their company. Many investors are hoping that they will be able to garner support for some opposing legislation in that amount of time. If that doesn’t happen, they will at least have a reasonable amount of years to try to make the most of their investments. It appears that very few of the clubs are going to get that 8 year extension. Only five clubs submitted their club application and paid their fees by the required deadline. Out of those five, Speakeasy Vape Lounge is the only one that has been approved at this point. Colorado Springs has to find some kind of middle ground that allows their citizens to participate in the recreational marijuana program, especially if they are willing to do it in private locations.