Denver gets second cannabis consumption application; first candidate awaits decision

Denver is finally seeing some movement on the public marijuana consumption front.

The city’s first applicant for a cannabis consumption license had a hearing Friday with Denver regulators, and a second business has applied for a permit.

The Coffee Joint applied for a Cannabis Consumption Establishment license in early December but will have to wait a few more weeks for the hearing officer’s recommendation, Denver alt-weekly Westword reported.


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Meanwhile, the city has received a second consumption application from Utopia All Natural Wellness Spa and Lounge.

Plans for the adults-only spa include marijuana-infused yoga classes and massage, a couple of cannabis consumption areas and MJ events, according to The Cannabist.


The spa is proposed for a historic Denver mansion that’s partially owned by marijuana-focused law firm Vicente Sederberg. The firm previously had offices there, The Cannabist reported.

Denver voters OK’d public consumption in 2016, but it took regulators about six months to finalize rules that some cannabis businesses have said are too burdensome.

If Denver grants either of the licenses, it will become the first U.S. city to allow social cannabis use and could pave the way for other markets to follow.


Las Vegas, in particular, has postponed any action on social use until it sees how it plays out in Denver.

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