Marijuana: Allowing pot clubs one of fourteen priorities for Colorado NORML
In a post published earlier today about a forthcoming proposal to ban marijuana smoking on private property within a thousand feet of schools, Denver councilwoman Susan Shepherd predicted future efforts to allow smoking at private clubs.
Turns out this very subject is near the top of fourteen legislative priorities just announced by the advocacy organization NORML of Colorado. Get more details and see the complete list below.
As our William Breathes reported this past January, pot clubs and cannabis cafes began cropping up in the wake of Amendment 64's passage and began drawing crowds. But Denver mayor Michael Hancock called for a ban on such clubs in his city, with plenty of other municipalities taking a similar approach.
In Denver, councilwoman Shepherd expects push-back over the club prohibition. As she told us earlier today, "there's going to be a conflict with people who wish to consume but don't have a private space to do it -- like tourists. We know that people are going to come here from other states to consume, and where they're going to consume legally is a big question."
A photo from Club 710 in Colorado Springs earlier this year.
The best way to answer that question, in the view of Colorado's branch of NORML, is legislation at the state level. The affiliate plans to work on behalf of laws that would "explicitly allow for social clubs where marijuana consumers can use marijuana in a responsible manner outside of the home."
Colorado NORML also calls for legislation that would prevent communities from enacting rules that would prevent individuals from smoking marijuana on their front porches or front lawns. Such a measure was initially approved by Denver City Council, only to be reversed at the last minute thanks to a political coalition put together by Shepherd.
In its list of priorities, Colorado NORML says such a law should "define public use to exclude consumption on one's own property, either residential or commercial property, including outside in places open to public view. This protection should also extend friends and invitees on people's property who are authorized by the owner to use marijuana on that property."
NORML of Colorado divides its priorities into categories focused on public use/in-home cultivation, the criminal code, marijuana business regulation, employment and taxes. In the last case, NORML would like to see the creation of a board that could lower taxes on marijuana should the amount collected by the state far exceed costs and money earmarked for school construction, among other things. As you'll recall, the local NORML board opposed Amendment AA, a measure approved by voters last month, under the theory that the tax rates were much too high.
Continue to read the fourteen legislative priorities for Colorado NORML in 2014.