With the state banning any kind of public use of marijuana in Colorado, it’s difficult for pot users to find a common place where they can satiate their cravings. However, this helplessness would soon be over as Denver officials have accepted an application from a coffee shop that plans to allow people to use cannabis on its premises. However, the shop, first of its kind in the country, would only allow edibles and vaping, and restrict users from smoking pot inside.
The battle to allow social marijuana use in Denver began in late 2016, when voters passed an ordinance allowing limited public consumption of pot within the city. The measure, referred to as Initiative 300, permitted businesses, including coffee shops, entertainment venues, art galleries, or even yoga studios, to seek permission for marijuana consumption. However, businesses applying for the permit could not sell alcohol, among other things, within 1,000 feet of schools, childcare facilities or drug treatment centers.
In the wake of the tough restrictions, no establishment applied for the permit until the last month when Rita Tsalyuk became the first business owner to apply for a public-use license. Tsalyuk, who also deals in real estate, is all set to open a coffee joint that will allow consumers to enjoy pot edibles and use marijuana vape pens. She entered the marijuana industry last year after finding it a bankable business opportunity. In 2016, Colorado generated nearly $200 million in tax revenue from pot sales and fees.
“I think this is a natural step in the legalization movement… People want to use pot and have a nice social experience. I want to provide that,” said Tsalyuk. City regulators are set to hear Tsalyuk’s case in the weeks ahead. If approved, she will be seeing customers enjoying their marijuana edibles in her shop by the spring.
While Tsalyuk is excited about her venture, not everyone is pleased about the idea of social marijuana use. Rachel O’Bryan, who has been opposing Initiative 300, is concerned about the risks associated with marijuana use in public places. She advocated for the need of more studies focused on people’s response to marijuana use before allowing its public consumption. O’Bryan was also worried about pot use in establishments like cafes in residential areas, which could increase the risk of people driving under the influence of the drug.
Weed legalization in US
Twenty-nine states and Washington, D.C., allow medicinal use of marijuana in the U.S., while 16 states specifically allow the medical use of cannabidiol (CBD), a phytocannabinoid constituting up to 40 percent of the plant’s extract and having intoxicating effects. While more states and cities are liberalizing cannabis laws, harmful effects of marijuana are largely ignored.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10 percent marijuana users are vulnerable to addiction. Moreover, one in six people has higher risk of developing addiction if they start using the drug before 18. Individuals with marijuana addiction can experience negative consequences, including impaired attention and memory. Long-term cannabis use may also cause mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, among teens.
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