Lawmaker wants cannabis clubs in Colorado where weed could be purchased and used

DENVER - A state lawmaker is set to introduce a bill that would create a new type of marijuana business in Colorado -- one where cannabis could be both purchased and consumed.

Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, said if Colorado is going to have legal weed, it's high time for tourists to have a place to use what they've bought.

"Our tourists can't consume it in the streets, they can't consume it in their hotel rooms, you can't do it at a restaurant," Singer said.

He said allowing cannabis clubs for those 21 and older would not only benefit out-of-town pot smokers and residents who like weed, but also those who can't stand to smell it while out in public.

"I think people are really sick of seeing marijuana consumed either in parks or in the streets," Singer said. "So we need to be able to tell people where they can go, where they can consume it responsibly and safely."

There are currently a few cannabis clubs in the state, but people must bring their own pot. None exist in Denver.

Singer said he's planning to introduce his 'Cannabis Club" bill this coming week.

A pro-marijuana group is also seeking to take the issue to Denver voters in November. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is proposing a measure that would allow bring-your-own cannabis clubs in Denver.

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