WATCH | iBake is a pot club... and one of the only places you can consume marijuana in a social setting in Colorado.
Thurlow Weed and Littletree Oppy's private club is one of the few places in Colorado where you won't get busted for smoking pot outside your home.
If that sounds confusing, it's because it is. Adult (aka recreational) marijuana use is legal in the state, yet you still can't just light up anywhere. But because of legal loopholes, you can at iBake.
"We're not a cannabis business," Thurlow Weed told Circa. "And that was the hardest thing to get across."
The four-year-old private club is one of the few pot clubs in Colorado. According to legislative analysts, the state has about 30 private, members-only pot clubs.
But as the Associated Press notes, they "operate under a patchwork of local regulations," which means they're often raided and has prompted lawmakers to try to regulate clubs statewide. Though, that's currently hit a snag.
In Alaska, a decision to allow on-site pot consumption at dispensaries was also delayed.
"We've had a lot of travelers that came in and they're like, 'We can't smoke in our hotel. We can't smoke in our rental car ... at any of the national or state parks. Where do we smoke?'" Littletree Oppy said. "That's where we fit in."
The marijuana market is a legal wild west.
In 2012, Colorado legalized adult weed sales but didn't define where you could consume it. Add to that the fact the U.S. has broad anti-smoking laws and this has left marijuana users pretty much nowhere to legally and *socially* consume pot.
That created the need for iBake. But for the club to stay in business, it has to operate as a private club, like cigar bars and some hookah lounges, where members pay dues and access is limited.
They can't sell or deal weed, though, since you can't consume it where you buy it. But don't worry -- their snack stash is top notch.
"By being 'bring your own,' we've defined the fact we're just a private members club, which could be considered a cannabis club as well," Weed said. "And we openly allow the smoking."
iBake's 20,000-plus members span from locals on regular lunch breaks to honeymooners looking for a one-time high and even octogenarians crossing off bucket list items.
Their basic monthly membership costs about ten bucks, and then there are $2 daily fees if you want to pop in for a day after that. But they don't auto-renew memberships since patrons come from all over the world.
There's a map on one of their walls with pins from places people have come from. There's one on Antarctica, though Oppy thinks that's a joke.
For now, Colorado's clubs likely won't go the route of Amsterdam-style coffee shops where you can buy and enjoy pot all in one stop, but private clubs like iBake have at least set the framework for how lawmakers might one day regulate social consumption.
"As far as providing a place for people to come consume, that's what we've done," Weed said.