Although these businesses still face roadblocks — local governments can ban social use areas in their municipalities, and no business in the state with an active liquor license can allow marijuana use — consumers are finally getting closer to having legitimate social settings where they can consume cannabis. In anticipation of that great day, here are ten businesses that could (or should) allow social pot use:
Under the new law, dispensaries can apply for tasting rooms under a format similar to that used by breweries or wineries. Customers could buy limited amounts of cannabis and cannabis concentrate to consume on site, with those limits to be set by the MED before the end of the year. This is likely to be the most common social consumption scenario.
Although a few hotels allow currently allow vaping indoors, virtually none of them allow smoking. Under the new law, hotels could technically provide 21-and-up lodging for marijuana users, or create social consumption lounges for their guests. At least one boutique hotel in Denver, the Patterson Inn, is interested, but don't expect the Holiday Inn or Four Seasons to jump on board just yet.
Good luck finding a restaurant willing to part with its liquor license in favor of marijuana (even if it might help with food sales), but eateries without them could see an opportunity. And restaurants with an active liquor license could conceivably pause their liquor licenses for a night or two if they ever wanted to try out a pot-friendly atmosphere. There's also the option of getting a social pot use license for a neighboring property.
If you've been to Amsterdam, then you know what the deal is.