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Denver NORML Files Marijuana Social Use Initiative For 2016 City Ballot


denver normlBy Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

The Denver Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Denver NORML) submitted an initiative today that would legalize marijuana clubs and special events in the city in 2016.

“Denver residents and visitors alike need places other than private homes to legally and responsibly enjoy legal marijuana with other adults,” said Jordan Person, executive director of Denver NORML.

“This submission to city council is the first step. We’ll get feedback from the city, finalize the language, then start gathering signatures to put it on the ballot,” Person said. If Denver voters approve this November, private 21+ marijuana social clubs will become legal, as will private 21+ events where marijuana can be lawfully consumed.

“The city will be able to license and regulate private marijuana clubs and special events to ensure public health and safety,” Person said. “But we want to be sure that the regulations are reasonable and consumer-friendly.”

Clubs would be stand-alone venues which could not sell or distribute marijuana, and bars, nightclubs and restaurants could not become private marijuana clubs, Jordan said. “We expect there will be a wide range of clubs to serve Denver’s huge and diverse marijuana market,” Jordan said. “What can’t continue is the current situation that leaves so many people frustrated, angry, and tempted to violate the law so they can enjoy a legal product.”

Since its founding in1970, NORML has been the leading voice for marijuana consumers, and for the end of prohibition that treats otherwise law-abiding marijuana smokers like criminals.

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  1. It is the duty of every free man to disobey an unjust law. (or word’s to that effect) Thomas Jefferson. It will make good sense to pass this law, should have been done in the first place, but that’s neither here nor there. Common sense is not that common, we all seen this coming and it will happen. It’s a matter of time before all the graft and bribes are paid to the right people in power, then the law will pass.

  2. Hope they succeed. It’ll be interesting who brings us weed lounges first. Alaska (who have supposed authorized it, but still in the works) or Denver during the November election.

    My travels used to frequently involved stops in Amsterdam about ten years ago, and I was charmed by the coffee shops. Seemed very civilized to be able to order up weed and smoke it there while enjoying the food and drink menus. I remember sitting at the tables out front of Bulldog, soaking up the sun, blazing away while watching the amazingly tall, blonde Dutch girls pedal by on their bikes.

    Nice thing was that a rented bike or the streetcars took me any place I needed to go. No DUI worries. Wonderful.

    I decided that scene was pretty close to my vision of the far side of the Rainbow Bridge.

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