Bill to allow marijuana use in Denver bars will be on November ballot

Smoking marijuana

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DENVER — In November, Denver voters will decide whether to allow marijuana use in bars.

The Denver Elections Division announced that the petition contains enough valid signatures to make the ballot in the Nov. 8 general election.

According to organizers, the bill will allow for “limited social cannabis consumption by adults in designated consumption areas within establishments that choose to allow it.”

The  businesses would have to have “at least one additional approval from a registered neighborhood organization” before applying for a permit.

There are several restrictions included in the bill:

  • The of use cannabis will not be allowed in public places, such as sidewalks, alleys, or parks. or within 1,000 feet of anywhere children congregate.
  • Cannabis consumption will only be allowed in establishments or areas within establishments that are (1) restricted to adults 21 years of age or older, and (2) not visible to individuals outside of the restricted areas where consumption is allowed.
  • Only non-smokable forms of cannabis, such as vaporizers, will be allowed indoors. Smoking cannabis will only be allowed in areas where smoking is currently allowed and that are not visible to the public.

Under the bill, Denver would have to create a task force to study the impacts of cannabis consumption permits on the city.

The cannabis consumption pilot program would expire on Dec. 31, 2020, but could end earlier if city leaders pass comprehensive regulations governing cannabis consumption.