Medical marijuana patient Robert Badillo smokes vaporized marijuana inside Frankie Sports Bar and Grill in Olympia, Washington on December 9, 2012. The owner Frank Schnarr, who waged an ultimately successful battle with local and state officials over Washington's 2006 smoking ban, appears to be the first restaurant or bar owner in the state to test the recently expanded limits on recreational marijuana use. In order to flout the ban, Schnarr renamed his establishment's smoking-friendly second floor as "Friends of Frankie's," a private room limited to those who pay a $10 annual membership fee. Picture taken December 9, 2012. REUTERS/Nick Adams (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY POLITICS CRIME LAW BUSINESS) ORG XMIT: OLM08

You May Soon Be Allowed To Consume cannabis in devner's Bars and Restaurants

A report by NPR has put light on a partnership between the Marijuana Policy Project’s Mason Tvert and Councilman Albus Brooks which is proposing the legalization of cannabis bars and clubs in Denver. If successful, it could cause an explosion of the cannabis tourism industry in Denver and add even more to the current $70 million which has been made from cannabis this year. It would also mean that it would be able to compete against places like Amsterdam, to become one of the worlds greatest smoke spots.

Over 1,000 public consumption cannabis citations were handed out by Denver’s police last year, that’s a 471% increase since marijuana became legal in Colorado. “Our intention with pursuing this initiative was to reduce the likelihood that adults would consume marijuana publicly on the streets or in parks and instead consume it in private establishments” Tvert told NPR.

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The proposed legalisation of cannabis in bars and restaurants has been met with mixed reactions from local business owners in Denver. Some believe that it’s just a matter of time before some sort of legalization happens and are simply preparing for it. The biggest winner from success of the proposal would be cannabis tourism. The increase in cannabis businesses is sure to draw more and more people in each year.

Source – NPR

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