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Despite Voter Approval in Denver, State Officials Veto Pot Consumption in Bars and Restaurants

Despite Voter Approval in Denver, State Officials Veto Pot Consumption in Bars and Restaurants

November 22, 2016 | Bill Kilby

This past Election Day, while other towns in Colorado were considering greater restrictions on the presence of cannabis in their communities, the voters of Denver decided to expand its collective tolerance for the plant further than any town in the U.S. has before. In a close race that wasn’t declared by election officials until November 15th, 53.5 percent of Denver’s electorate endorsed Initiative 300 – a ballot referendum which proposed the establishment of a four-year pilot program to permit Denver’s non-marijuana vending businesses to allow cannabis consumption in specially designated areas on their premises. The measure was pitched to Denver’s citizens a means of resolving a long-standing conundrum for canna-curious visitors and some residents of the Mile-High City (where can one legally toke if hotel or rental policy won’t allow it?) by sanctioning certain businesses as safe spaces for public cannabis use as long as their neighborhood organizations consent.

Despite Voter Approval in Denver, State Officials Veto Pot Consumption in Bars and Restaurants






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