• December 5, 2020

Denver Post: ‘Re-think social marijuana venues’

 Denver Post: ‘Re-think social marijuana venues’

The Denver Post Editorial Board recently opined that “Denver should re-think the overly strict rules for social marijuana venues.”

It’s clear that the process has been long and convoluted, weighed down by uncertainty in state law and overall direction regarding public marijuana consumption.

Terrapin Care Station will be supporting an effort at the state level to address the issue, thereby offering greater certainty to local governments. If passed by the Colorado Legislature, the effort would take a huge leap towards implementing a free market entrepreneurial approach to social marijuana consumption.

As the Denver Post Editorial Board pointed out, “We supported the 2016 ballot measure that created the (Denver social use) pilot because it seeks to solve obvious problems for tourists and residents who wish to enjoy the drug much like others are allowed to enjoy beer, wine and spirits. State law forbids public use. State and local governments have been slow to craft rules of their own.”

Perhaps it’s time for the state legislature to take action so that local governments can feel a greater sense of certainty?

Peter Marcus

Peter Marcus

Peter Marcus served as the Senior Statehouse Reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette where he co-launched ColoradoPolitics.com, covering politics, the governor’s office, the Colorado Legislature, Congress, and federal, state and local governments. He joined in November 2016 from The Durango Herald. The Washington Post twice named Marcus one of the top state-based political and legislative reporters in the nation. He also has won over a dozen awards from the Colorado Press Association. In prior positions, Marcus worked for the Colorado Statesman, a Denver-based political weekly, and The Denver Daily News, a former free daily newspaper in Denver, where he covered City Hall, politics, and had an entertainment column. Before that, Marcus worked for the Longmont Times-Call. An Ithaca College graduate, Marcus studied journalism and creative writing, before moving to Colorado from New York in 2004.

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