Licensed cannabis retail outlets will now be permitted to host cannabis tastings and operate tasting rooms, and venues including art galleries, music venues, and restaurants will also be allowed to apply to hold weed-tasting events. Consumers could purchase what they taste in retail outlets or bring their own herb “potluck”-style.
The measures will come into effect in January 2020.
However, the new law doesn’t guarantee that the option will be available to everyone in the state. Municipal governments will have to opt in to the rules allowing social consumption within the borders of their jurisdictions after allowing residents to vote on whether or not to permit the law to take effect locally.
While Denver had already legalized tasting rooms within city limits, the municipal legislation surrounding them is so restrictive that there are currently only two in operation.
Polis signed several other bills into law alongside social consumption, including one that will allow cannabis delivery services to operate in the state, one that allowed publicly-traded companies to and operate cannabis companies, and placing limits on current background check rules for cannabis investors.
“We can’t rest on our laurels,” Polis said of maintaining Colorado’s position as a leader in American cannabis production and legislation.