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Marijuana: Maryjane's cannabis social club still closed after police raid

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Photo by Thomas Mitchell
The sign still says "Open," but Maryjane's has been closed since Denver police entered the building last month.
On Friday, June 27, several Denver police officers entered Maryjane's 420 Shop and Social Club, at 539 West 43rd Avenue, and issued citations to some of its members. The club has been closed ever since and comments from his spokesperson suggest that Denver Mayor Michael Hancock would like it to stay that way.

See also: Marijuana: Cory Gardner to be targeted for vote against defunding federal MMJ raids

The debate over whether or not marijuana social clubs are allowed under Colorado law has been raging since well before limited legal recreational sales launched on January 1.

In April 2013, as we've reported, Hancock appeared before a Denver City Council subcommittee to talk marijuana. And during his time in the spotlight (see a video of his chat below), he made it clear that if he had his way, pot would be tightly regulated and clubs for those who want to consume it would be banned.

At the session, Hancock framed his objections to marijuana clubs around the issuing of driving while stoned. He maintained that cops had only recently gotten a handle on how to tell if someone is suffering from THC impairment -- a claim certain to be disputed by law-enforcement types, since the behavior has long been illegal -- and suggested that such venues would put even more dangerous potheads on the road.

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Michael Hancock speaking before the Denver City Council marijuana subcommittee.
"We remind ourselves that we're still dealing with a federally controlled substance," he said, adding, "I don't believe it is wise to open the door even wider for people to move about our public from a private club to their private home while consuming marijuana. And the more we restrict it, to me, the more safe our community will be. There's no reason we need to open up that Pandora's box when the law doesn't speak to it.

"I propose and advocate for the most restrictive regulatory environment for marijuana," he went on, "and I believe that by allowing for private clubs, it doesn't speak to that value."

The city council ultimately embraced Hancock's position. But marijuana advocate and attorney Rob Corry called the policy "blatantly unconstitutional" and pushed the envelope on the concept via Club 64, which he touted on CNN back in January as Denver's first pot club. January videos touting the venue are on view below as well.

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Rob Corry with Club 64 co-owner Chloe Villano at the venue's grand opening.
Against this backdrop, Maryjane's opened on May 1, and before long, the city got wind of the operation.

"The city's number-one goal is to ensure compliance," Hancock spokeswoman Amber Miller told us. "We notified Maryjane's that they were in violation, and we followed up the next week, but they continued on."

Until last month, that is.

Continue for more about the closure of Maryjane's, including additional photos and three videos.


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118 comments
muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Hey, conservatives, why aren't you supporting private property rights on this one?

WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

We passed Amendment 64 with the intentions of collecting a lot of tax money from the druggies and with the assumption that all the stoners would all stay in their parents basement with the head stuck in bong. 


If the stoners are going to try to come out in public with normal people then we will have to appeal Amendment 64. 


So hear this trolls. If you want your pot to stay legal, stay in your hole.

russellmj64
russellmj64

Not that you would have known who wrote Don Quixote moron.

russellmj64
russellmj64

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra would not be pleased with your bastardization of the name Don Quixote either.

russellmj64
russellmj64

funny how you picked a screen name of a jackass, DonkeyHotay!

russellmj64
russellmj64

I pray DonkeyHotay is run over by a bus driven by a stoner.

James Beecher
James Beecher

They allow bars full of assholes to drink till they puke, and pick fights! People have a warped view on Marijuana!

Sarah Nava
Sarah Nava

Regulate them like bars... I've NEVER felt police presence at a bar...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

What about the other Pot Smoking Clubs that advertise in Wasteword?


Will they be "raided" too?


Remember Stoners -- REGULATION WORKS!! -- YOU Voted for it !!



Joslyn Larned
Joslyn Larned

Allow the club!. And then erect foodie establishments nearby. How the hell is it safe for a bar serving alcohol over maryjanes???

mcmcdaniel802221
mcmcdaniel802221

The Man has to push back on this concept, but in 10 years these places will be common.  It's inevitable.

Sarah Lind
Sarah Lind

And then yeaterday the Prez & Hickenlooper go on camera drinkin' & shooting pool at a bar...

Dean Harris
Dean Harris

Actually it is a lot different than a bar legally which is exactly why the raid made no sense. A bar is a public place. Marijuana use is illegal in public places. The club was a private member only location. It is similar to a cigar lounge that allows members only to bring in their own alcohol. The theory behind the DPD raid was that marijuana was being consumed publicly. That premise does not appear accurate in the case of the raided club.

Ashley Trotter
Ashley Trotter

When you have a mayor who makes most of his money off alcohol bars in and around Denver, you have a mayor who will oppose any and all other establishments that threaten his money.

Jenna Clayburn
Jenna Clayburn

If you don't like drunks don't go to a bar if you don't like pot don't go to a pot social club

Jenna Clayburn
Jenna Clayburn

Living in Denver I don't think it should be a problem people get drunk and kill each other in bar fights or gun fights from being soo drunk plus the high altitude make everybody get drunk easier so weed which does not have an effect it would be kinda just stupid to not have a social club like that

Derek Howard
Derek Howard

Then lets close the bars, and keep the lousy drunks off the road.

Jaci Davis
Jaci Davis

If they can allow SEX clubs wete peopke can have sex.. v5hey have cigar clubs... golf clubs... bars... why NOT a pot club or bar?? Efing Republicans

John Pinnick
John Pinnick

As soon as the anti pot mayor is gone and his alcoholic buddy that governs the state is voted out and we get someone in there that supports and backs the first state and it's decision to legalize we will be in a much better place. Remember all of this when we vote next, they are out.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "Amendment 64 allowed for the creation of four types of retail marijuana businesses (retail stores, grow facilities, infused product manufacturing and testing)," she goes on, "and marijuana clubs or coffee shops is not one of them."


Thanks A64! ... far more interested in the crass COMMERCIALIZATION of CANNABIS by Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels than establishing and protecting any INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS to use marijuana.



NORML -- the National Organization for RESTRICTIVE Marijuana Laws -- would like to change that. In December, the Colorado branch announced that changing laws to allow for pot clubs was among the group's top priorities -- a point reiterated by executive director Allen St. Pierre last month in an interview about the carpetbagging freeloaders opening of NORML's first state office here. "This is a totally dysfunctional system .."


Even NORML admits that A64 is a worthless festering piece of shit!


Thanks Lyin' Brian Vicente, Mendacious Mason Tvert, Bullshit Betty Aldworth and Rapey Rob Corry for writing such a dysfunctional, incompetent piece of crap and desecrating the Colorado Constitution with that excrement.


Mike Archuleta
Mike Archuleta

Go to options medical in wheatridge for 25.00 rec 8ths all day everday,lowest in colorado , 20 differents strains including caviar infused bud , for address google it

Spin LeBlanc
Spin LeBlanc

The tourism potential is there, but they need a place they can smoke and be social. We all do.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@WillieStortz BS!  You have no idea what you are talking about -- Amendment 64 authorized a modest excise tax on wholesale transfers.  Instead of referring the excise tax we authorized to the voters, the General Assembly combined an exorbitant, wholly-unjustified, and unconstitutional sales tax surcharge with the excise, and foisted it off on an electorate deliberately kept in the dark about the nature of the taxes, their effect, and how government would spend them.  None of the tax revenue is going to any useful public purpose; it cannot be spent on schools or education by law!  The sales tax surcharges are so large that they are undercutting the regulated market; an increase in the number of patients registered with the State as qualified for the use of medicinal cannabis bears this out.  If you were not quite so willfully ignorant, you could learn what has actually happened over the course of the past few years, instead of substituting your preconceptions for very recent history.



P.S.  Your silly conceit that voters would even consider rescinding Article XVIII, Section 16 of the Constitution shows just how far out there you are; polls confirm that even more Coloradans approve of it than when it was passed!

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@russellmj64 Spoken like the baby republican jeeeEEEeeeEEEzzzzzusss, who commanded "death to all that think beyond cult talking points."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"Prey at home."


Intentional pun?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@mcmcdaniel802221 Unless a bunch of conservatives figure out a way to rig elections and wrongly obtain pwer.

Muhutdafuga predicts:  There will be a fascist candidate with an R following their name, campaigning on "restoring law and order in Colorado and Washington.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Charging a cover does not make a venue "private" ... when anyone and everyone from the public can simply pay the cover and gain access.



muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

So you're saying that Denver's mayor is corrupt and another example proving Denver mayors don't have to be republican to be corrupt?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... if you don't want to get busted for smoking in public, stay HOME and get stoned.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... how about a Sexpot Club?



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... what's wrong with YOUR house?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase "Amendment 64 authorized a modest excise tax"


UNLIMITED Excise tax -- in less than 3 years -- with a MINIMUM $40 MILLION annual target revenue.


You're a "modest" liar.


russellmj64
russellmj64

@DonkeyHotay Were you the guy in high school and college everyone thought was a prick and a douchebag?

russellmj64
russellmj64

@DonkeyHotay Was your Great Grandmother a member of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union?  Go to Germany Hitler!

russellmj64
russellmj64

@DonkeyHotay I would like to take this opportunity to tell you I have read many of your posts and have to tell you are a huge loser and gigantic jackass.  Go Away!

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