Meyer: Are pot clubs the solution on public consumption?
Friday, Jan 15, 2016

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.

April 17, 2019 at 5:02 pm It's Mueller Eve, and we're presumably about to learn a bunch of new details about interactions involving President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, as well as Trump's actions vis-a-vis the investigation. April 17, 2019 at 1:24 pm The medieval cathedral, of course, was not burning. Intact, it instead welcomed Charles de Gaulle on Aug. 2 6, when the commander of the Free French forces and de facto president of France led a victory march from the Arc de Triomphe to Notre Dame. Greeted along the way by a mass of jubilant Parisians and the occasional sniper, the cortege... April 17, 2019 at 9:49 am After Notre Dame, build cathedrals of compassion April 16, 2019 at 1:58 pm We want to set the record straight about the search process that resulted in the Board of Regents voting unanimously to name Mark Kennedy as a finalist for the presidency of the University of Colorado