Den­ver is first US city to al­low so­cial use of cannabis

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DEN­VER has be­come the first city in the United States to le­galise the so­cial use of cannabis in pri­vate busi­nesses, in­clud­ing bars, yoga stu­dios, art gal­leries and cer­tain restau­rants.

The new or­di­nance was part of sev­eral mar­i­juana mea­sures put to vot­ers in nine US states dur­ing last week’s gen­eral elec­tion.

Den­ver of­fi­cials said that Ini­tia­tive 300 had gar­nered enough votes to pass af­ter nearly all the bal­lots had been counted.

The mea­sure al­lows pri­vate busi­nesses in Colorado’s cap­i­tal to seek per­mits to cre­ate ar­eas where cus­tomers can bring their own cannabis and con­sume it.

How­ever, ap­pli­cants would first need to re­ceive back­ing from a lo­cal busi­ness group or neigh­bour­hood.

The city’s trail­blaz­ing mea­sure comes as more and more states across Amer­ica move to le­galise cannabis ei­ther for med­i­cal or recre­ational use.

Cal­i­for­nia, the na­tion’s most pop­u­lous state, handed a ma­jor vic­tory for back­ers of le­gal­i­sa­tion by ap­prov­ing recre­ational use of the drug. Mas­sachusetts, Maine and Ne­vada ap­proved a sim­i­lar mea­sure.

Ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, the mar­i­juana mar­ket in the United States could ex­pand to US$23 bil­lion by 2020, com­pared to $5.7 bil­lion in 2015. –

Photo: AFP

A man in­dulges at the Den­ver 420 Rally, the world’s largest cel­e­bra­tion of both the le­gal­i­sa­tion of cannabis and cannabis cul­ture in Den­ver, Coloroado.

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