Denver Public Marijuana Lounge Initiative

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Denver Public Marijuana Lounge Initiative (Sonya Yruel/Drug Policy Alliance)

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Denver Public Marijuana Lounge Initiative (Denver NORML) – A citizen initiative ordinance to legalize private marijuana social clubs and special events was submitted today to the City of Denver.

“Submission of our proposed ordinance language for review and comment to the city council and city attorney is the first step,” said Denver NORML Executive Director Jordan Person, who also is serving as Executive Director of Responsible Use Denver, the effort’s campaign committee.

“By law, city officials can’t require changes in the ordinance, but they can comment, make suggestions for improvement, and ask questions, and so can citizens at the public hearing,” Jordan said.

“The city has 10 days to respond. We’ll consider their input, finalize the language, and then start gathering signatures to put it on the November ballot,” she said.

The ordinance would legalize private 21+ marijuana social clubs and private 21+ events where marijuana can be lawfully consumed.  Clubs could not sell or distribute marijuana, and bars, nightclubs and restaurants could not become private marijuana clubs or host special events.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine notified Ohioans for Medical Marijuana on Friday that he has certified the summary of the group’s proposed ballot initiative to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program and submitted it to the Ohio Secretary of State. The attorney general confirmed the group submitted at least 1,000 valid signatures of Ohio voters and determined their initiative summary “is a fair and truthful statement of the proposed law.” The summary and full text of the initiative are available online at https://www.ohioansformmj.org/initiative. The Ohio Ballot Board will now have 10 days to review the measure and confirm it complies with Ohio initiative laws. Initiative backers will then need to collect an additional 305,591 valid signatures of Ohio voters by early July in order to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

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