Recreational marijuana was first approved in 2012 by Washington and Colorado, with a handful of other states trailing behind shortly after. Last week, Denver voters approved Proposition 300 while eight other states legalized marijuana consumption for medical and recreational purposes. The new law allows Denver citizens to use marijuana in bars, restaurants, yoga studios, art galleries, and other public places.
“It’s the sensible thing to do,” said Emmett Reistroffer, a Denver marijuana consultant and campaign manager for the measure. “This is about personal responsibility and respecting adults who want to have a place to enjoy cannabis.”
But be sure to read the rules before you start toking in the middle of a candlelit yin. Interested establishments must illustrate proof of neighborhood support before getting their licenses, and even then it’s a BYOP (bring your own pot) situation.
The new system is exciting, but still just as (if not more) restrictive than that of alcohol consumption. The measure requires that any interested establishment train their staff to prevent minors from lighting up.
Denver’s legalization of public pot consumption is certainly viewed as a success by those looking to spice up (or zen out) their yoga session, but it may be some time before studios receive their licenses. Supporters of the measure are still unclear on how long it will take for establishments to relieve their permits.
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