Denver is first US city to allow social use of cannabis
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. –
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.