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Denver Voters Will Decide on Places for Smoking Marijuana in November

Denver voters may have the opportunity to decide between two initiatives that allow using cannabis in different kinds of public places.

One of the initiative groups has been collecting signatures for the new measure that allows special cannabis consumption clubs. Another one is aimed at giving permission to nearly any kind of business, including bars, to create special 21-and-over “consumption areas” granted they receive the neighborhood support first.

The Denver chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), the author of the private marijuana clubs initiative, has set the process in motion two months ago. Another group of activists, which includes those who withdrew the social-use measure last year, has recently started the process by meeting with the City Council’s director and an assistant city attorney. The measure was adjusted after the negotiations with the city officials taking into consideration the last year's social initiative and neighborhood caveats.

The cannabis consumption areas would be allowed for a four-year period, unless the council changes the approach or makes it permanent by December 2020.

This “cannabis consumption areas” initiative would obligate businesses to obtain permits annually or on a temporary basis. Similarly to NORML’s initiative, customers would have to use their own cannabis-based products. Smoking would not be allowed indoors, but vaping likely would be.

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