Pot in bars?

Ordinarily, I stick to tax policy, but I was in Denver last week, where Measure 300, is on the ballot next week. It allows consumption of marijuana in private businesses.

So does Holland, people might say, but Holland doesn’t allow pot in bars. Measure 300 does. http://www.denverpost.com/2016/10/14/denver-marijuana-ballot-measure-initiative-300/; https://ballotpedia.org/Denver,_Colorado,_Public_Marijuana_Use_in_Designated_Areas,_Initiated_Ordinance_300_(November_2016)

I’m not aware of any jurisdiction allowing public consumption yet. http://www.cannalawblog.com/marijuana-lounges-all-dressed-up-with-nowhere-to-go/. Especially in bars. Please email po@newrevenue.org if you know of one – and how it is working out.

Let a thousand flowers bloom, and experimentation is to be encouraged, one might say. Measure 300 would involve neighborhood or Business Improvement District approval.  So maybe having a city of some 600,000 try this experiment will quickly reveal whether this is a bad idea.

And the ordinance sunsets at the end of 2020. That makes me a little less nervous.

Text: http://www.denverpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/neighborhood-approved-cannabis-consumption-pilot-program-initiative.pdf

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Author: patoglesby

From 1982 to 1990, I worked in tax policy for Committees of the United States Congress. In recent years, I was Adjunct Lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill's Business School and then Adjunct Professor at its Law School.

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