Five Types of Businesses That Could Have Pot Consumption Areas

Jacqueline Collins
A vaping lounge that has yet to secure a physical location this week announced its intentions to become Denver's first business with a licensed cannabis consumption area. Denver Vape and Play, a proposed vaporizer bar for cannabis flower and concentrates, gave cannabis users a look at what might be the future of social consumption in the city – but it's far from the only model.

"Any underlying business can apply for a Cannabis Consumption Establishment license, as long it meets the requirements," says Dan Rowland of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses. "There is really no telling what kind of creative proposals we’re going to see. I’m sure someone will come up with something that we haven’t thought of already."

So that got us thinking: What sort of businesses are likely to host social-consumption areas? Other than Denver Vape and Play, Mile High business owners have kept pretty quiet about any plans to apply for a license. But after looking at the license requirements and listening to rumblings around town, we came up with five types of businesses most likely to have licensed cannabis consumption areas. (Note: That's licensed, not unlicensed, because there are plenty of places around Denver that allow that....)

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The Mutiny Information Cafe
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1. Cafes/lounges
Mutiny Information Cafe is one of a few businesses that have publicly expressed interest in applying for a consumption license. The South Broadway book store and coffee shop hopes to hold monthly events that incorporate cannabis use, but it hasn't yet applied for a license; it's first consulting with attorneys and city officials on best practices. If it opens as expected, Denver Vape and Play would be more of a lounge, but it plans on selling small snacks as well as serving food and drinks from vending machines. Some dispensary owners are also considering opening businesses with consumption areas, Rowland says, though, under city rules, they would have to be at a separate location from the dispensaries themselves.

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Mason Jar has been holding private pot-infused yoga sessions, brunches and dinners for nearly three years.
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2. Yoga Studios
Yoga studios have been the subject of speculation for possible consumption areas, partly because many of them already host private consumption-friendly events. Companies such as Ganjasana, Break the Stigma Fitness, Mason Jar Event Group and Twisted Sister were putting together pot-infused yoga sessions long before the city licensed them, but these were private events that required membership or an invitation. If they had a social-consumption license, yoga studios could take walk-in customers for regular cannabis yoga sessions, as long as the customers are 21 or older.