Denver Venues Testing Pot Laws

Colorado’s pot-friendly policies are being reflected by some Denver venues.

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The passage of Amendment 64 in November 2012 permitted private use and the recreational sale of marijuana in the state, though the law prohibits use in any spaces open to the public.

But that public prohibition isn’t keeping some venues from advertising performances as “4/20-friendly,” according to the Denver Post.

A club called Herman’s Hideaway recently used the term to market a comedy and burlesque show and promoter Cameron Humanity of Sketchy Entertainment told the paper advertising consequence-free pot use is one solution to the unresolved problem of public pot use in the city.

“What the city wants is for it to not be used openly and publicly, and that’s why we do it inside,” Humanity said.

Herman’s Hideaway manager Chris Thomas added that the club isn’t actually “letting people do it, but if it happens, it happens. …

“We’re not pro-marijuana, but we’re friendly as long as we don’t see or smell it being used on the property. We’re not the police.”

Other venues are taking a different approach, advertising invite-only, 21-and-over shows that allow marijuana smoking to remain in compliance with the new law.

However the state’s 2006 Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits smoking in bars, restaurants and venues, leaving a gray area when it comes to police enforcement of pot laws.

“I can guarantee we’re not going to turn a blind eye to the laws the City Council passes,” a spokesman for the Denver Police told the Post. “But officers use their discretion when there’s the odor of marijuana at a concert venue, and a lot of (the law) isn’t clear right now. We’re starting from scratch.”