Colorado Marijuana Shop Tied to Strip Club and Mayor

Colorado Marijuana Shop tied to strip club and mayor as The Smokin Gun Apothecary opened on a site formerly occupied by the Denver area’s best known strip club, Shotgun Willie’s. The strip club hasn’t gone away — it’s moved just across the parking lot, testing ethical and potentially legal issues about the state’s growing legal recreational pot industry.

Colorado Marijuana

In this Feb. 10, 2016 photo, Prohibition-themed posters line a wall inside the sale area at Smokin Gun Apothecary, the new marijuana dispensary, in Glendale, Colo., a home rule municipality just outside downtown Denver. Smokin Gun Apothecary is on a site formerly occupied by the Denver area’s best known strip club, Shotgun Willie’s. The strip club hasn’t gone away, it’s moved just across the parking lot. Both businesses have the same owner, who envisions pot shoppers getting discounted drinks at the strip club and is outfitting the roof of the pot shop for a future lounge in case Colorado changes its law banning on-site marijuana consumption. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Beyond banning the sale of pot and alcohol in the same shop, Colorado has no regulation regarding marijuana and other adult businesses. Zoning rules require shops to be away from schools or anywhere children congregate.