Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Wednesday helped owner DeWayne Benjamin celebrate the city’s first approved social equity marijuana hospitality operator, Tetra Lounge.
The lounge was approved for a hospitality license, meaning it will be a location where folks can legally consume marijuana in a public place. While it is not yet open for business, it is expected to be up and running by April 20, the marijuana holiday.
“I wouldn’t be here without the people that supported me, my friends, family, members that I’ve met over the years — it’s really a community,” Benjamin said. “We want to cultivate a community here that’s very diverse and inclusive, where you can come here and meet anyone from the age of 21 to 84 and all different ethnicities and backgrounds. That was very important to me and it showed today.”
Polis said at the ribbon cutting that he sees Tetra being a model for the rest of the industry as the first licensed cannabis consumption lounge in the country.
“I’m so excited about innovation and entrepreneurship in this exciting sector improving public safety and making sure that people can recreate in a legal way in safety and enjoy one another’s company,” Polis said Wednesday afternoon. “It’s really exciting to see that spirit of entrepreneurship across our state, that can-do attitude, that frontier spirit where you say, ‘Just because it hasn’t been done, that’s not going to stop me from doing it.’” [Read more at The Denver Gazette]
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
Notify me of new posts by email.
By Griffen Thorne, Attorney at Harris Sliwoski Cannabis real estate transactions can be notoriously complicated – much more so than your average real estate deal. On January 9, 2024, I’ll…
Under current law, it’s legal in Virginia to possess small amounts of marijuana, but you can’t buy it or sell it. In the wake of the Democrats’ victory in last…
As the industry waves goodbye to 2023 and the “tough times” that characterized it for so many cannabis companies, we are starting to receive predictions about what to expect in…
By Vince Śliwowski, Managing Partner, Harris Sliwoski I stumbled upon this recent post by Jason Paltrowitz titled “Lawful but Awful: The Small Cap IPO Cycle.” It contains some interesting findings…