Dean Ween's Honey Pot Lounge was originally supposed to be a cannabis-friendly concert venue under Denver's social consumption licensing program, but pivoted to hosting special events under the licensing program instead. The group applied for special-event permits under the city's social pot use ordinance on Monday, February 4, intending to put on ten shows featuring live performances from Ween and other musicians, as well as standup comedy and film screenings. The shows would've allowed social cannabis consumption in designated areas, becoming the first concerts licensed for pot use in Colorado.
Just one problem: The owners of the property at 1801 Market Street, which was listed as the site on the permit application filed with the city, say they hadn't heard of any plans for cannabis-friendly concerts, and "will not allow any event of that kind" to go on there.
The Honey Pot Lounge's event application with the City of Denver lists an entity by the name of W3 Partners as the owner of 1801 Market Street, a 48,000-square-foot parking lot in LoDo. However, 18M LLC is actually the property owner, according to the Denver Assessor's Office, and isn't excited about having any concerts in the lot.
After reading about the planned concerts on westword.com, representatives of 18M LLC said they were surprised by the news of Honey Pot Lounge's application, and told Westword that no social consumption events will take place at 1801 Market Street.
For their part, employees of the Honey Pot Lounge say they've been in contact for months with a property-management firm that represented 18M LLC and believed that everything was set for their application. But this was apparently news to 18M LLC's owners, and after hearing from those owners the day after filing, the Honey Pot Lounge has rescinded its application, according to the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.
"We have been working for months with their property management, but we found out today that wasn't sufficient. We thought we had the agreements, but in fact the owners are against having the events there," says Honey Pot Lounge COO Michael Polansky. "We look forward to refiling the application, and will look for another location."
So for now, it looks like we'll have to continue abstaining from smoking pot at concerts. Because, you know, we totally do that.