Denver starts to grasp what social marijuana consumption would legally look like
With only one meeting left to go for Denver’s Social Consumption Advisory Committee, there are still a lot of unknowns about how the city should allow marijuana to be used at events and businesses.
The committee tasked with shaping Initiative 300’s roll out has been split on how accessible social consumption areas should be, whether customers should be allowed to use alcohol and marijuana under the same roof and what to do about the smell of marijuana if people consume outdoors.
On the other hand, the 20-person group generally agrees that consumption should be kept away from children, that neighborhoods should get a chance to weigh in on what businesses are permitted through needs and desires hearings and that permitted events should look nothing like the city’s annual 420 celebrations.
Committee member Emmett Reistroffer worked on the campaign to get I-300 passed in the fall. On Friday, Reistroffer said he was “appalled” the city continues to allow the 420 Rally to be held in Civic Center Park.
“It is one the most recklessly organized events I’ve ever seen in my life. There are children and young people everywhere with widespread consumption,” Reistroffer said. “I don’t want that 420 Rally to be an example of what we fought for because it’s what we’re trying to stop.”