The Denver chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has announced their endeavor to legislate a metropolitan voter initiative for 2016 that would legalize the communal consumption of cannabis in determined venues located within the city’s limits. The initiative in question, which will be known as “Responsible Use Denver”, is not only designed to legalize private cannabis clubs for adults age 21 and older, but it will help safeguard any business that permits folks to consume cannabis on their premises in a responsible manner. As we’ve mentioned in previous reports, Amendment 64 was sold to Colorado voters as a law that would legalize, tax and regulate cannabis almost identically to that of legalized alcohol consumption. But in fact, restricting consumption to the privacy of your residence is nothing close to legalizing cannabis similar to alcohol. And although the totality of Amendment 64’s language is less than perfect, the main gripe that consumers in Colorado seem to have is that they would like see club type public gathering places legalized in order to congregate and consume cannabis with like minded individuals. You know, just like those that choose to consume booze have now. They’re called bars.
As of right now, many of the states with some form of cannabis legalization on the books don’t permit the use of cannabis outside the privacy of your own home. However, state officials in Alaska are in the process of discussing whether or not to legalize consumption in certain licensed cannabis retail outlets, and the District of Columbia City Council recently gave their approval to legalize private cannabis societies, only to reverse their decision a few mere moments later. With that being said, if it’s successful, Denver NORML’s initiative would mean that Colorado is continuing to revolutionize the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes.
“In 2015, an endeavor was launched that would have licensed determined drinking establishments in the city of Denver to permit the legalized use of marijuana in designated areas…”
You may not be aware of the fact that Denver NORML’s venture to right this lack of fairness in regards to legalizing cannabis bars isn’t the first time a group of activists has made an attempt to do something of this nature. In 2015, an endeavor was launched that would have licensed determined drinking establishments in the city of Denver to permit the legalized use of marijuana in designated areas where their patrons were allowed to smoke tobacco products. Said effort was also publicized as a municipal voter initiative, but was extracted by those that sponsored it just one day before it was due to be confirmed for a spot on the ballot, without any clarification as to why they came to that conclusion.
But have no fear, because Denver NORML has vowed to see their effort through and be able to present their initiative to the voters, according to the executive director of Denver NORML, Jordan Person. “We greatly appreciate the previous attempt to bring this issue to Denver voters, but we want to get this done,” Person avowed. Let’s face it, consuming cannabis for recreational purposes is widely recognized as a social activity, and there is no logical argument as to why responsible adults of the legal age to consume cannabis must do so only in their residence. If you want to help Denver NORML “get this done”, then be sure to register to vote, sign the petition, and “be the change.”