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Denver will now let you use (but not smoke) marijuana in restaurants and bars


This is about personal responsibility and respecting adults who want to have a place to enjoy cannabis.
Emmett Reistroffer, marijuana consultant

Denver officially became the first city in the United States to allow people to use marijuana in bars and restaurants, effective immediately, on Tuesday.

The catch: You can't smoke pot indoors, but edibles and other ways to consume are fine. 

The details

Places that want to allow pot use have to get a license, which requires proof of neighborhood support. 

And anyone who wants to use has to bring their own weed, since it's illegal to sell marijuana and food or drink at the same place. 

Smoking pot outside is fine, as long as certain other restrictions are met.

We are setting up a system that is still more restrictive than what we see with alcohol consumption.
Mason Tvert, Marijuana Policy Project

Why supporters want more

Some pro-marijuana groups aren't satisfied with the law, saying it's still more restrictive than other drugs.  

There's also no clear sign to see how long it will be until the permits for marijuana licenses are approved. 

Why opponents want less

Those who opposed the measure said neighborhoods will resist pot licenses and were concerned that bars won't stop people from using pot and drinking at the same time. 

However, the measure requires an interested business from training staff to identify signs of marijuana use and showing a plan to prevent underage marijuana use.

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