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Denver Receives First Application For Social Marijuana Use In A Business

More than three months after Denver officially opened the gates, the first application to allow social marijuana use in a business has landed.

The applicants seek to take advantage of 2016’s voter-passed Initiative 300, which made Denver the first in the nation to launch a program allowing limited public consumption at businesses and at permitted events. Patrons must bring their own cannabis.

Entrepeneurs Rita Tsalyuk and Kirill Merkulov plan to open a coffee shop called The Coffee Joint in coming weeks in a gritty industrial area southwest of downtown. The owners have connections to a dispensary next door.

Dan Rowland, the spokesman for Denver’s licensing department, confirmed the application for the first cannabis consumption establishment license Monday. He said a public hearing on the license would be set in the next two or three months.

But The Coffee Joint has cleared perhaps the most difficult bar set by extensive administrative rules adopted by city licensing officials over the summer: It has backing from the La Alma-Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association.

“I met with them several times, and one of their members also toured the facility,” Tsalyuk said. “We’re going to be good partners.”

Despite the name, the business does not plan to allow the smoking of marijuana. [Read more at The Denver Post]

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