Charge up those vape pens and start packing your edibles, Denver—it's almost time for dinner. After four states caught up to Colorado by legalizing recreational weed on Election Day, the Mile High State decided to once again prove its stoner supremacy. According to Reuters, pot-smoking residents of Denver have likely cast enough votes to pass Initiative 300, a proposition that would allow marijuana use in the city's bars, clubs, restaurants, and cafés.
While I-300—or the “neighborhood-supported social use” program, as it's sometimes referred to—marks a huge victory for local marijuana advocates, the bill isn't all encompassing, so don't think you can start lighting up at a Denver TGI Friday’s. Smoking is still banned indoors, and before a bar or eatery can allow customers to get high at designated “consumption areas,” they need to first get the approval of their neighbors—a provision lawmakers believe will significantly slow down the implementation of I-300.
Those who fought against the bill have warned of new dangers associated with stoned AF patrons hobbling around, but a number of local bars and restaurants vocally supported the initiative.
"This is a victory for cannabis consumers who, like alcohol consumers, simply want the option to enjoy cannabis in social settings," Kayvan Khalatbari, a business owner and “lead proponent” of the measure, said in a statement to Reuters.
As California, Massachusetts, and other states prepare legalization, Colorado has often shown a path toward progression when it comes to marijuana reform. Soon enough, meals at fancy restaurants will be paired with strains of weed rather than glasses of wine.