With every big change made in this budding industry there are inevitably going to be complications. Oregon is having complications with the OLCC issued POS system, Alaska had complications with opening their first dispensary, and Maine is experiencing complications with potential delays in getting their legal cannabis on shelves. As much as everyone wants a smooth and graceful ride into the world of legal cannabis, their will inevitably be hurdles to overcome. For Colorado, a new law allowing cannabis clubs and social cannabis use is presenting some new hurdles.
When the law for cannabis clubs was passed back in November, it was all excitement for cannabis users. Very little had been stated about what the new law would entail and now that’s finally coming to light. Unfortunately it makes the new law more complicated. The law states that any establishment allowed to serve alcohol, or that allows children, can not be a cannabis club, leaving everyone questioning just exactly where these cannabis clubs will be located. In addition, said clubs cannot sell marijuana leaving cannabis consumers up in arms. However it is being discussed that any establishment that is able to be a cannabis club could have the option to be located next to a cannabis dispensary for the sake of their customers.
The idea of cannabis clubs is definitely appealing but if made too complicated, the law would likely be pointless. Without convenient access to cannabis as well as too many regulations to follow in order to be a cannabis club, locations would be few and far between. Portland, Oregon itself has a couple of private cannabis clubs but with an entry fee and the rule of not being allowed to sell cannabis as well as the strict regulations as to what can and cannot be done within their walls, leading to very few people taking advantage of the clubs. Where is the opportunity to relax and be an adult when you have a list of laws the length of your arm that you need to follow? Until the finer details are made less complicated, the future of cannabis clubs in Denver looks grim.
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