The 2016 election is already the biggest election in the history of marijuana politics. Currently, there are five states voting on recreational legalization (California, Arizona, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maine), with a legal challenge still ongoing in Michigan. There are at least four states voting on medical marijuana (Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota, Montana) with legal challenges ongoing in Missouri and Oklahoma to get on the ballots there.
And as if that wasn’t already a lot of cannabis reform voting going, voters in Denver are going to get to vote on the Neighborhood Supported Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program initiative this November. The initiative is aimed at allowing businesses to be able to have ‘bring your own’ cannabis consumption areas, from bars to yoga parlors. A somewhat similar, yet different initiative put forth by Denver NORML was recently declared to have fallen short of the required signatures.
The initiative that just made the ballot in Denver requires pre-approval from neighborhoods in order to open. Per The Cannabist:
City voters will decide whether regular businesses, such as bars or cafes or even yoga studios, should be able to create indoor or outdoor consumption areas for bring-your-own marijuana products, under certain conditions. The most significant condition would require that an application for an annual or temporary permit receive backing from a neighborhood group, such as a city-registered neighborhood organization or business improvement district.
That provision would give the neighborhood group the ability to suggest conditions on operation as city licensing officials consider a permit application.
I have made it no secret that I want to see a marijuana arcade open, whether it be in Denver or wherever else. There’s just something about the thought of being able to play a game of pinball while tearing down a vape bag, or pulling off of a vape pen, or consuming a doobie that makes me smile. I own arcade games, so I already do it in my garage, but I want to be able to do it around other people. I’m sure yoga fans and patrons of other establishments feel the same way about being able to consume while doing their favorite activities in a social environment. If you live in Denver, and want to help the campaign, check out the Neighborhood Supported Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program initiative website.