Meyer: Are pot clubs the solution on public consumption?
Could pot clubs in Denver be a way to deal with increasing public consumption in the city’s parks and on the 16th Street Mall?
Amazingly, that’s what Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is asking — a dramatic shift in his stance from only three years ago.
In 2013, as the city was crafting its retail marijuana regulatory framework, Hancock directed the City Council to explicitly ban pot clubs.
“I propose and advocate for the most restrictive regulatory environment for marijuana,” Hancock said then. “And I believe that by allowing private clubs, it doesn’t speak to that value.”
The city fiercely has defended this position over the years.
Police have busted cannabis clubs. The city threatened to shut down events that advertised open consumption and officials last fall convinced activists to drop a ballot initiative that would have asked voters to OK pot smoking in bars.
Hancock admits he is now open to the concept of pot clubs.
“When you start looking at what the users are doing, whether they are visitors, walking up and down the mall and smoking in our parks, you recognize if someone doesn’t have a residence here that they have got to have an outlet. I haven’t said, ‘Yes.’ But I have said, ‘Give me more information,’” he said recently in a meeting with The Denver Post’s editorial board.February 07, 2019, 4:42 pm Since the beginning of the year, 26 people have died of measles in the Philippines. Madagascar is also in the throes of a devastating outbreak of the disease. Meanwhile, Clark County in Washington State has confirmed 49 cases of measles. Nine other states including Colorado have also reported cases. It’s a tragedy that poor people in developing countries around the... February 07, 2019, 9:53 am State of the Union in review Re: “State of the Union: Trump wants end of “resistance” politics,” Feb. 6 news story The president’s State of the Union speech last night was a laugher because it so misrepresented how things are and what his administration has accomplished. It’s really sad that so many of our citizens (mostly Republicans) hang on the... February 07, 2019, 9:20 am This new yea r gives our lawmakers in Washington and Colorado the opportunity to make some much-needed changes that would benefit us all. February 07, 2019, 9:14 am Now is not the time to rush into a strike that, if prolonged, could shut down Denver’s public schools. Now is the time to get all of the facts on the table in this lengthy and complicated dispute and weigh them.