HB 1230 is part of a bipartisan effort to solve some of the stickier issues related to recreational marijuana, and a followup to last year’s “tasting rooms” measure that was vetoed by then-Governor John Hickenlooper. The bill’s sponsors are optimistic that Governor Jared Polis will be more open to their measure.
“Cannabis patients and retail consumers alike deserve to have a place to go to find each other, create community and consume marijuana safely,” says Cindy Sovine, a lobbyist who’s become tangled in Denver’s social consumption rules in her efforts to open Utopia Natural Healing Lounge, which could become the nation’s first cannabis spa.
“This legislation is about harm reduction and monitoring intoxication,” Sovine continues. “It is about honoring the reality that if we benefit economically from the sale of cannabis products, we should also be respecting where and how it is consumed.”
HB 1230 also seeks to clarify policy for cannabis hospitality tours, which take consumers on mobile consumption education shuttles. Owners of those companies have also become entangled in red tape.