Places to Legally Consume Weed in Denver (Not Including Your House) | Westword

Nine Places Where You Can Consume Weed Legally in Denver (Not Including Your House)

Colorado is still trying to figure out this whole social-consumption thing, but a handful of venues and services have it down.
Although it's legal to purchase cannabis, consuming it is still largely a private affair in Colorado.
Although it's legal to purchase cannabis, consuming it is still largely a private affair in Colorado. Jacqueline Collins

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Colorado legalized recreational cannabis over a decade ago, but the state is still slowly figuring out  the whole social-consumption thing. Although a law allowing dispensary tasting rooms and cannabis consumption areas in certain businesses took effect in 2020, local governments must opt in to the program in order for such businesses to operate. Only a handful of towns and counties have done so, and even fewer have any businesses operating.

But you're not totally out of luck. Between Adams County and Denver, there are several cannabis hospitality locations in metro Denver, as well as a few private event spaces and lodging providers still keeping the faith.

Here are nine places where you can consume cannabis in and around Denver (if you're at least 21), not including your own home:

The Coffee Joint
1130 Yuma Court
The Coffee Joint made history as Denver's first licensed cannabis-consumption business. The coffee shop and lounge, which opened for social pot use in 2019 under a local ordinance at the time, allows electronic vaping of flower and concentrates as well as edibles consumption, as long as you BYOCannabis. Although you can't smoke here, you can use your own vapes and dab rigs for the Coffee Joint's e-nails, and the $5 entrance fee is waived if you've purchased products from the dispensary next door, 1136 Yuma. It might not be the full-out free-for-all you were hoping for, but it's still the only one we have right now — and it's legal. The Coffee Joint regularly hosts pot-friendly comedy shows, yoga classes, poetry jam sessions and even Shakespeare plays, so keep an eye on the lounge's events calendar.

JAD's Mile High Smoke
7667 Washington Street
Colorado's only licensed pot bar, JAD’s is located just outside of Denver in unincorporated Adams County. The place has multiple big screens with cable packages, and often plays Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets games, NFL and college football on the weekends and even some pay-per-view UFC fights. Entry into the cannabis bar (21+) is free unless there's a special event going on, and inside you'll find a menu of pre-packaged snacks, drinks and a full menu of cannabis products for purchase, since customers can’t bring their own weed here.
click to enlarge A woman blows out a hit of marijuana smoke from a bong
JAD's Mile High Smoke is open to the public, 21 and up, at 7667 Washington Street.
Jacqueline Collins
Colorado Cannabis Tours
1904 South Cherokee Street

Colorado Cannabis Tours mostly operates out of vans or buses licensed for cannabis use, taking riders to various activities and tours in the metro area. Simply show up at the headquarters after signing up, hop on the bus, toke up and then check out popular artistic and scenic parts of Denver as well as dispensaries, cultivations, hash factories and more. If you don't want to be on the road, Colorado Cannabis Tours also hosts pot-friendly classes like Puff, Pass and Paint, Pipemaking 101, Cooking With Cannabis and more. This is a BYOC service, but the guide usually stops at a dispensary after departing.

The Cannabis Experience Mobile Lounge
2590 Walnut Street

Another licensed BYOC pot-friendly tour service and mobile lounge, the Cannabis Experience provides weekly tours around Denver dispensaries, cannabis cultivations, glass-blowing studios, street-art hot spots, miniature golf courses and popular taco joints. You can also book the Cannabis Experience for a pot-friendly shuttle to and from Denver International Airport, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and other routes within the City of Denver. Head to the Cannabis Experience's pickup spot in Five Points after booking.

Canna CabanaBus
The third and most recent licensed mobile pot lounge in Denver, Canna CabanaBus offers cannabis-friendly rides and tours around town. You can occasionally find the Canna CabanaBus parked near large public events in the city, providing adults a place to legally consume; the bus can also be booked for weddings, corporate events and birthday parties.
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The Canna CabanaBus mobile lounge will occasionally park at pubic events and can be booked for private parties and rides.
Canna Cabanabus
Arrowhead Manor
9284 Highway 285, Morrison

If you're like most people, you just want a spot to toke up at your home wherever you might be staying. A handful of Denver area hotels will allow you to vape cannabis inside, but a quieter smoke-and-stay experience awaits at Arrowhead Manor, a mansion that serves as an event center and bed-and-breakfast. Minutes from Red Rocks Amphitheatre and about a twenty-minute drive from Denver, the plush lodge allows residents to smoke pot on its outside decks and patios (smoking inside is prohibited), and offers a customized infused dining option with Chef Roilty.

Urban Sanctuary
2745 Welton Street

Urban Sanctuary isn't a lounge, but a yoga studio and event space that holds pot-infused shindigs from time to time. These events are more about healing the body and mind with the optional help of cannabis instead of partying. Certain yoga and meditation classes at Urban Sanctuary are clothing-optional and allow pot use during the sessions — but most don't, so make sure you've registered for the right session before showing up with a joint tucked behind your ear.

The International Church of Cannabis
400 South Logan Street

Despite its name, the International Church of Cannabis only allows cannabis consumption on site during its Sunday congregational gatherings or special private events. The Sunday evening ceremonies celebrate Elevationism, the practicing faith at the church, with members receiving invites every week after they sign up online. On top of allowing occasional cannabis use (BYOC), the church offers educational talks, live entertainment and potluck dinners.

Boulder Adventure Lodge
91 Fourmile Canyon Drive, Boulder

There's lots of outdoor fun available at Boulder Adventure Lodge. A pot-friendly cabin and camping area that has a slackline park and nearby creek, Boulder Adventure Lodge is known for its Colorado-centric activities — including regular group hikes and rock-climbing sessions — and cannabis hospitality. Although there's no smoking indoors, vaporizing is allowed, and there are designated areas outside for smoking cannabis.

Update: This post was updated on February 21, 2024.
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