Other Communities Mulling Cannabis Club Conundrum Faced by Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs isn't alone in banning cannabis clubs. Washington state did so last summer, and Portland, Ore., followed suit this month.

Englewood, Colo., was set to ban them but decided to extend its moratorium to June 15 while it explores how to regulate them instead.

But while the Colorado Springs City Council on Tuesday ordered cannabis clubs to phase out their businesses over the next eight years, Denver residents will vote Nov. 8 on an initiative to license and regulate the clubs.

Under the Denver Responsible Use Initiative, sponsored by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, NORML, the social clubs couldn't sell or distribute marijuana and would have to pay licensing fees. A permit also would become available for pot use during special events.

Meanwhile, proposed state legislation by Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, aims to create licenses for private clubs that could sell only 1 gram of...

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