Colorado residents still can’t legally smoke weed in public after the state Legislature adjourned this month, but they will soon have some other options for consumption besides their own homes.
While legislation to allow for social cannabis clubs (Senate Bill 211) failed, House Bill 1258, “Marijuana Accessory Consumption Establishments,” has been sent to Gov. John Hickenlooper for his signature. “It’s been a long journey,” Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, the bill’s primary sponsor, said of his efforts to address public consumption, a problem he’s been trying to resolve for over five years.
Now finishing his third term, Singer has provided leadership on both medical and recreational cannabis regulation since he was appointed in early 2012 to fill a vacancy. “The Legislature has set up an almost impossible situation in Colorado, especially for out-of-state folks,” Singer says.
The crux of the problem is that marijuana is legal, he explains, but there are no legal places to…