On-site consumption rules fall short



Last update: December 11, 2017


Denver residents voted in support of an initiative last fall that authorizes businesses with approval to obtain permits allowing regulated, on-site use of cannabis. While Initiative 300 ushered in a social consumption pilot program, proponents of the initiative and representatives on the city’s Social Consumption Advisory Committee say the rules that were subsequently created do not reflect the intent of the initiative. Among other problems, burdensome restrictions threaten the program’s chances for success.

One of the main objections is with the proposed 1,000-foot buffer requirement between a social consumption area and any school, child care establishment, drug or treatment facility, city park, pool or recreation center. As a practical matter, that limitation severely limits the places in the densely populated city where such licenses could be issued, and the rule threatens to strangle the program before it starts.

Now, proponents are threatening to sue the City of Denver if less restrictive rules aren’t put in place. Given that residents have easy access to a much more harmful substance – alcohol – the burdensome restriction is unfair. We hope the distance limitation is changed to make it consistent with the types of rules in place today for alcohol.

Families find hope high in the Rocky Mountains


In the summer of 2013, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta released a documentary about medical marijuana called Weed, featuring a CBD-rich cannabis oil that could save lives. The oil successfully treated seizures caused by intractable epilepsy, which sometimes occur hundreds of times per day. Soon, more than a hundred families flocked to Colorado, most with a child suffering from similar seizures. They called themselves “medical refugees,” and Colorado’s medical cannabis was their last hope.

If you or someone you know would like to become a registered medical marijuana patient in Colorado, please visit the Department of Public Health and Environment’s website for a list of frequently asked questions, application information, and materials.