Robert Corry Jr., left, Chloe Villano, and Travis Simpson hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Club 64 on Monday. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)
- Sep 9:
- Long line, but no hassles for free pot giveaway at Civic Center
- Sep 3:
- More Colorado pot is flowing to neighboring states, officials say
- Aug 29:
- Federal government won't block Colorado marijuana legalization
- Aug 28:
- Federal agency orders armored-car service to stop serving legal marijuana sellers
- Aug 27:
- Colorado: Ingresar a sector de marihuana será caro
- Aug 26:
- Denver council defies mayor and chooses 3.5 percent tax on retail pot
- Jul 30:
- Denver DA's version of violent medical marijuana industry questioned
- Apr 25:
- Colorado appeals court OKs firing for off-duty marijuana use
- Apr 24:
- Denver's 4/20 permit questioned after organizers were given free use of Civic Center Park
- Apr 20:
- Two shot at Denver's Civic Center 4/20 pot rally
- Apr 19:
- Denver pot holiday bringing crowds, tight security
- Mar 5:
- Ex-DEA heads: Feds should nullify state pot laws
- Feb 28:
- Pot task force recommends special marijuana sales, excise taxes
- Feb 19:
- Colorado marijuana task force recommends allowing pot tourism
- Marijuana potency, tourism up for CO debate
- Feb 12:
- Marijuana legalization raises safety questions
- Feb 11:
- Denver City Council to vote in April whether to opt out on marijuana
- Feb 10:
- THC University in Denver holds first class on how to grow pot
- Studies shed more light on debate around marijuana-impaired driving
- Feb 5:
- Colorado marijuana task force says employers can fire for pot use
- Jan 19:
- Future of Washington, Colorado pot farming still uncertain
- Jan 11:
- Legalización de marihuana crearía oportunidades, problemas para empresarios locales
- Jan 3:
- Do alcohol and marijuana mix? Colorado is about to find out
- Jan 1:
- Clubes para fumar marihuana abren en Colorado
- Dec 29:
- Parts of Colorado's pot legalization strategy exported to other states
- Dec 26:
- Authorities seize 10 pounds of marijuana
- Dec 20:
- Will cigarette makers jump into pot market?
- Dec 16:
- Piden definir política de EEUU sobre marihuana
- Dec 13:
- Second CU-Boulder student charged with 18 felonies in pot brownie case
- Dec 11:
- Colorado heading toward a too-stoned-to-drive standard, experts say
- Dec 10:
- Pot legalized in Colorado with governor's proclamation
- Ya es legal el consumo de marihuana en Colorado
- Con marihuana legalizada en Washington ¿Qué sigue?
- Police: CU students confessed to serving pot-laced brownies in class
- Dec 7:
- Legal pot complicates drug-free work policies
- Dec 5:
- Celebrarán legalización de marihuana en Washington
- Nov 30:
- Douglas County set to block marijuana cultivation, sale
- Nov 28:
- Pot legalization no free ride to smoke on campus
- Nov 27:
- Hickenlooper to convene marijuana task force
- Nov 26:
- Aurora forgoes prosecuting small scale pot possession
- Colorado appeals court case debates question of off-duty marijuana use
- Nov 16:
- DeGette files bill to require feds to respect marijuana law
- Nov 14:
- Boulder DA dismissing small-scale marijuana possession cases in light of Amendment 64
- Nov 13:
- Calderón: Marihuana legal resta autoridad a EEUU
- Nov 12:
- Latin American leaders call for review of U.S. legal pot vote
- Nov 10:
- Hickenlooper, Holder discuss Colorado marijuana legalization
- Nov 8:
- Late-night shows, actors take pot shots at Colorado marijuana law
- Nov 7:
- Colorado officials seek clarity after passage of marijuana measure
- México prevé cambios tras voto marihuana en EEUU
- Pot votes in 2 states challenge U.S. drug war
- Hickenlooper reaching out to feds on Colorado marijuana legalization
- Colorado attorney general Suthers says he will respect marijuana measure
- Colorado voters support Obama, recreational pot
- Nov 6:
- Colorado measure legalizing marijuana passes
- Sep 15:
- Colorado marijuana legalization initiative leads in new poll
- Sep 13:
- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper opposes marijuana-legalization measure
- Sep 11:
- Study finds perilous mold in Colorado pot-growing operations
- Aug 2:
- Colorado's medical pot industry fuels illegal trade, review shows
- Jul 3:
- Supreme Court ruling stokes Colorado pot debate
- Jun 19:
- Legal pot shops do not boost teen drug use, Colorado study says
- Jun 18:
- Easing of pot laws poses challenge for parents
- Jun 5:
- Colorado vote on pot could affect Obama-Romney race
- Debate sobre marihuana anima elección presidencial en Colorado
- May 15:
- Marijuana DUI standard dies a third time in Colorado
- Marijuana driving limits again poised for Colorado
- May 1:
- Colorado Senate gives initial OK to stoned driving limits
- Apr 20:
- Marijuana rally in trouble at Colorado university
- 4/20 events, and arrests, in full swing in Denver and Boulder
- CU tries to deter pot smokers with fish fertilizer, business-suit wearing counter protesters "stay classy" on campus
- Apr 19:
- Boulder's contentious "smokeout" expected to draw throngs
- Activists sue University of Colorado over 4/20 campus closure
- Apr 18:
- Eight Colorado counties plan events as alternatives to 4-20 marijuana smoke-ins
- Apr 16:
- ACLU: CU-Boulder's 4/20 campus closure thwarts 'right to dissent'
- Apr 13:
- CU-Boulder to close campus to visitors on 4/20, ticket trespassers
- Apr 4:
- Capital gets garden store for medical pot growers
- Tienda para siembra de marihuana medicinal abre en Washington
- Apr 3:
- Pot regulators slashed in Colorado
- Mar 23:
- Dozens of Colorado medical marijuana dispensaries told to move away from schools or close
- Mar 21:
- U.S. Attorney says marijuana shop closures cheered by Coloradans
- Mar 15:
- Five arrested for dumping garbage bag of pot in Civic Center and passing it out, police say
- Mar 14:
- Boulder DA asks feds to back off on medical marijuana dispensaries
- Mar 7:
- Denver's new DEA chief plans to live in a city where dispensaries are banned
- Mar 6:
- Yoga habit earns Aspen man a break on pot sentence
- Mar 2:
- Municipio español cultivará marihuana para combatir la crisis
- Feb 28:
- All targeted Colorado marijuana dispensaries near schools shut down, Feds say
- Colorado post offices see increase in marijuana packages
- Feb 27:
- "Driving while stoned" bill setting pot limits advances
- Feb 14:
- Fort Collins marijuana dispensaries shutting down
- Feb 7:
- Court of Appeals nixes medical pot use while on probation
- Jan 25:
- 16 charged in Denver metro-area pot bust
- Jan 18:
- Colorado voters might see two pot proposals on ballot
- Jan 12:
- Feds: Colorado medical-marijuana dispensaries within 1,000 feet of a school must close
- Jan 11:
- Lawmakers vow bill to allow medical-pot co-ops as banks shut out industry
- Jan 4:
- Campaign to legalize marijuana in Colorado turns in signatures in attempt to make the 2012 ballot
- Dec 28:
- Colorado seeks new pot classification
- Dec 16:
- California marijuana dispensary creates buzz with free pot
- Nov 30:
- Report shows fewer traffic fatalities after states pass medical-pot laws
- Oct 11:
- Colorado Supreme Court could take on medical-marijuana appeal
- Oct 7:
- Feds announce Calif. pot dispensary crackdown
- Crackdown on California dispensaries planned; Colorado shops watch development closely
- Oct 6:
- Feds target California pot dispensaries
- Sep 4:
- Driving while stoned difficult to define, regulate in Colorado
- Jul 22:
- Coloradans' use of drugs, alcohol much higher than U.S. average
- Colorado encabeza la lista de estados con mayor consumo de marihuana
Until further notice — from somewhere — enterprising cannabis enthusiasts assume it's OK to hang out to consume weed in social, yet sort of private, recreational settings.
Billed as Denver's first legal private cannabis club, Club 64, met for the first time at 4:20 p.m. Monday at a Larimer Street retail store.
"We will probably go until New Year's and a little after. There will probably be some cannabis," Club 64 general counsel Robert Corry Jr. said as the party began.
And, in tiny Del Norte in southern Colorado, a private marijuana den attached to the White Horse Inn coffee and head shop along U.S. 160 opened late Monday morning.
Amendment 64 won voter approval in November and made it legal in Colorado for people 21 and older to possess 1 ounce of marijuana, grow up to six marijuana plants and give marijuana to another adult.
But Coloradans can't smoke or consume marijuana publicly and openly, according to the law.
They can smoke or ingest pot at home and, as Corry and White Horse Inn owner Paul Lovato are assuming, they can also do so inside private marijuana-friendly businesses or settings.
"Nothing in the amendment language permits consuming (marijuana) openly and publicly,"
said Mark Couch, spokesman for the state Task Force on the Implementation of Amendment 64.
The rules on any clubs or lounges, Couch said, "will be sorted out in the months ahead by legislators, law enforcement and the task force."
Couch suggested law enforcement should be contacted for clarification.
Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said the department would have to consult with city attorneys. Denver Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell said he had no comment, except the city awaits further guidance from the state.
State Attorney General Office spokeswoman Carolyn Tyler said the task force should be asked questions related to implementation of Amendment 64.
Denver's district attorney won't weigh in until a specific case is brought by law enforcement, said spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough.
Legal recreational marijuana sales can be made only through licensed pot shops, which would not be licensed until June or opened until October, Couch said.
Meanwhile, celebrations were afoot at Club 64, a chartered members-only club devoted to the use of cannabis.
Club 64's meeting locations, Corry said, will be disclosed to members only through its website, Club-64.com. Corry said the club will run on private membership fees and could sell refreshments — not cannabis.
Corry said the website went live Sunday night, and by the time the ribbon was cut on the first meeting of the club, more than 100 people had become members. Online, they paid $30. At the door, the fee was $50.
"We're making it safe for people," Corry said. "There are a lot of people who, for one reason or another, can't smoke at home."
People might not want to smoke near children, he said. They might have a disapproving spouse. They might live in a rental home where it's prohibited.
"People are social by nature," said Chloe Villano, a Club 64 principal whose Cloverleaf Business Solutions consults with medical marijuana businesses. "It's important at this time to provide a safe place for them to associate and celebrate this new freedom."
Lovato originally had planned to open his shop at midnight New Year's Eve but instead opened Monday morning. He wanted to be the state's first business dedicated to recreational marijuana consumption — and his place is open to anyone of age.
Lovato also originally had planned to make the business a hash bar/coffee shop, where a small quantity of marijuana would be given as a gift to customers who purchased a $15-$20 cup of coffee because, so far, no one is licensed to sell pot.
However, he decided against doing that, he said, because he didn't want to abuse the law.
"I didn't want to spit in the face of the government that was letting me do this," Lovato said. "I'm not going to push the boundary, you know. But I think I can legally give it away free."
The business model here, said Lovato, a former luxury RV salesman, is that he will have patrons aplenty to smoke his free samples in a private building he leases next to his commercial building, where they can buy coffee drinks, T-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, pipes and other paraphernalia.
"I should have people lining up for this," said Lovato, who moved from Denver to Del Norte specifically to create this niche business there.
"This is my opportunity," Lovato said. "This will get me where I want to be in life."
If state or city authorities shut down private cannabis clubs after Monday, Corry said, Club 64 should be grandfathered in. Lovato expressed the same thought about his business.
"But we hope there will be imitators," Corry said. "My view is let a thousand flowers bloom."
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