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Denver proposes social marijuana use rules for businesses

By: Associated Press
June 30, 2017 Updated: June 30, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2012 file photo, Rachel Schaefer, of Denver, smokes marijuana on the official opening night of Club 64, a marijuana-specific social club, where a New Year's Eve party was held in Denver. Colorado lawmakers have backed off plans to regulate marijuana clubs, saying the state would invite a federal crackdown by approving Amsterdam-style pot clubs. Colorado already has about 30 private pot clubs, according to legislative analysts, but they operate under a patchwork of local regulations and are sometimes raided by law enforcement. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

DENVER— Denver has finalized rules for the nation's first licensed pot clubs.

To open, clubs first need neighborhood approval. They can't allow indoor smoking or on-site pot sales.

Denver voters approved recreational marijuana clubs in November. But a state board banned the sale of alcohol at places allowing pot use.

Interested businesses so far have included yoga studios and coffee shops.

The Denver Post reports the final rules don't require patrons to sign waivers stating they are responsible for their own actions and abiding by state law.

Denver's law creates a four-year pilot program in which businesses can seek annual permits to create areas where customers can consume their own cannabis. The law also allows other businesses to seek permits for one-time pot consumption events.

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