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    Members-only clubs for legal pot use open in Colorado

    Dib's
    Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:39 am
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    DENVER – With reggae music pumping in the background and flashing disco-style lights, members of the recreational pot club lit up in celebration of the new year -- and a new place to smoke legally among friends.

    Club 64, in an industrial area just north of downtown Denver, opened at 4:20 p.m. on Monday, with some 200 people signed up. The opening came less than 24 hours after organizers announced they would charge a $29.99 admission price for the bring-your-own pot club.

    "Look at this!" Chloe Villano exclaimed as the club she created over the weekend opened. "We were so scared because we didn't want it to be crazy. But this is crazy! People want this."

    The private pot dens popped up less than a month after Colorado's governor signed into law a constitutional amendment allowing recreational pot use. Club 64 gets its name from the number of the amendment.

    Two Colorado clubs were believed to be the first legal pot dens in the nation. The Denver Post reported that a similar pot club opened earlier Monday in the small southern Colorado town of Del Norte.

    Colorado's marijuana amendment prohibits public consumption, and smoke-free laws also appear to ban indoor smokeouts. But Club 64 attorney Robert Corry said private pot dens are permissible because marijuana isn't sold, nor is it food or drink.

    Villano, the club owner, said the pot club would meet monthly at different locations, with the $29.99 membership fee good for only one event. On Monday, the pot club was meeting in a hemp-based clothing store near downtown. Hooded sweatshirts and backpacks were shoved to a corner. In the main area, a few small tables sat next to a screen showing "The Big Lebowski."

    A bar decorated with blue Christmas lights handed out sodas and Club 64's official snacks -- Goldfish and Cheetos. The snacks were inspired by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who warned marijuana users the night of the marijuana vote, "don't break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly."

    Corry said the pot clubs are intended for people who can't use marijuana at home because of local ordinance or because their landlords threaten eviction.

    "It's just a place for adults to exercise their constitutional rights together," Corry said. "We're not selling pot here."

    Among the new Club 64 members planning to ring in the New Year was Joe Valenciano of Denver. He heard about Club 64 a day ago and signed up immediately.

    "We need more clubs like this," Valenciano said.
    K9 Owned
    Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:02 pm
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    $29.99 is a healthy charge when you have to bring your own 'everything'. Hard to see why it would beat the comfort of your own home. I mean, if it is legal in a club is it not also legal in private homes?
    Dib's
    Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:04 pm
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    K9 Owned wrote:
    $29.99 is a healthy charge when you have to bring your own 'everything'. Hard to see why it would beat the comfort of your own home. I mean, if it is legal in a club is it not also legal in private homes?


    "Corry said the pot clubs are intended for people who can't use marijuana at home because of local ordinance or because their landlords threaten eviction."
    Stella Mae
    Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:09 pm
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    icon_lol.gif When I was in college, we used to walk by the theater on our way to classes. You could get a distinct whiff when you walked by that area nicknamed "High Heaven". Not legal then, but everyone has always done it that wants to.
    K9 Owned
    Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:51 pm
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    Dib's wrote:
    K9 Owned wrote:
    $29.99 is a healthy charge when you have to bring your own 'everything'. Hard to see why it would beat the comfort of your own home. I mean, if it is legal in a club is it not also legal in private homes?


    "Corry said the pot clubs are intended for people who can't use marijuana at home because of local ordinance or because their landlords threaten eviction."

    Got it.
    It makes it an expensive night out...Dinner, wine, Pot Club entry and then the pot itself. Maybe skip the dinner, do the Pot Club and then head out (on foot, by bus or cab) to a 3D Imax movie. icon_lol.gif
    Pot Scrubber
    Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:43 pm
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    Have Cheetos... will travel.
    Dib's
    Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:37 am
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    K9 Owned wrote:
    Dib's wrote:
    K9 Owned wrote:
    $29.99 is a healthy charge when you have to bring your own 'everything'. Hard to see why it would beat the comfort of your own home. I mean, if it is legal in a club is it not also legal in private homes?


    "Corry said the pot clubs are intended for people who can't use marijuana at home because of local ordinance or because their landlords threaten eviction."

    Got it.
    It makes it an expensive night out...Dinner, wine, Pot Club entry and then the pot itself. Maybe skip the dinner, do the Pot Club and then head out (on foot, by bus or cab) to a 3D Imax movie. icon_lol.gif


    Or, enjoy the free soda, goldfish & cheetos they handed out, as well as the movie they offered. A $29.99 cover charge once a month to hang out with like minded people..... icon_cool.gif I would suggest members bring food as well and call it a potluck icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif
    Peter J
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:46 am
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    Actually it's interesting it wouldn't run afoul of various smoking in the workplace rules. I just checked and Colorado seems to have such laws, I thought it would have even something like a 'cigar club' illegal:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_smoking_bans_in_the_United_States#.C2.A0Colorado

    Having said that while not a toker myself I've never really seen the point of treating it as a crime, especially a serious one. Although sometimes American law enforcement does provide good entertainment, I was watching a show a few months ago with a 'sting' on a pair of unlicensed builders doing kitchen rennovations by three or four armed agents with guns drawn even though they didn't even have their nail guns on them icon_lol.gif.

    Funny thing is before-hand they admitted to the undercover 'clients' they weren't licensed up-front and it was only a few cupboards or something, not something like a whole house that would be too devastating even if they did mess it up.
    Zeldaz
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:18 am
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    It closed down right away. Lost his lease because he opened too early.
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