Denver approves its first social marijuana license (but only for vaping and edibles)
The Coffee Joint in Denver, CO will make news as the first cafe (in the US, at least) to allow public use of marijuana on its property. In 2016, voters in Denver approved licenses for businesses to let patrons use publicly, and the cafe, in Denver's artsy Lincoln Park neighborhood, will be able to let customers 21 and over vape and consume edibles while inside.
Public use of cannabis has been legal in places like Amsterdam for years, but while many states in the US have approved cannabis sales, very few have approved places to use the drug while outside of your home or private property. Some dispensaries have offered private areas to use in, but The Coffee Joint will welcome cannabis in public areas, along with the cafe's usual fare, and a calendar full of yoga classes and art events.
Smoking will not be allowed on the property -- it's only allowed outside anyway, and the license doesn't cover that use. The Coffee Joint also can't sell cannabis on site, so it's a strictly bring-your-own situation. Unfortunately, the cafe's owner (who also owns a dispensary next door), says she'll be charging a $5 cover for the cafe, with free entry for dispensary customers. That makes the place a little more exclusive, though it's still not a club.
At any rate, we're one step closer to creating places for adults to consume as they see fit. The Coffee Joint is having preview events regularly, and plans to officially open soon.