Denver Begins Accepting Applications for Public Marijuana Smoking Areas

It may be legal for people in Colorado to buy and possess marijuana, but that doesn't mean you can smoke up whenever you want. But if you live in Denver, that may become somewhat of a reality in the near future.

The city of Denver announced that they're accepting applications for "social pot spots," which are public spaces where people will be free to use marijuana without punishment. Last fall, Denver voters approved a law that would all these pot spots, but city officials wanted to hammer out some of the specifics before implementing the law.

Businesses who receive a license for the social pot spots will be able to set up areas within their premises where people will be allowed to smoke marijuana. Basically, it would be similar to how restaurants have smoking and non-smoking areas. Even if the city approves a license for a business, other neighborhood organizations would need to sign-off in order for the spots to go into effect. 

Some wonder how many people will actually apply for the program. It would costs businesses thousands of dollars to set up these spots, and the measure approved by voters only lasts until 2020 when it could either be extended or end. 

Let's just hope movie theaters aren't involved, otherwise there's going to be a lot of obnoxious laughing at every bad comedy for the next three years.


Academy Award winning filmmaker Spike Jonze has been tapped by the upscale cannabis producer and retailer MedMen to direct a short film on cannabis history. There are few details available about Jonze's cannabis focused short film for the California-based dispensary chain. However, Jesse Williams of 'Grey's Anatomy' fame is slated to appear in the film and shooting has already begun in LA, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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