Denver Coffee Shop Could Be Nation’s First Spot to Allow Public Marijuana Consumption

It’s a common dilemma for cannabis customers in Colorado: Where to light up?

Rita Tsalyuk sits inside the Coffee Joint, her soon-to-open shop that will allow patrons to consume pot edibles and use marijuana vape pens. Next door is her recreational dispensary, 1136 Yuma. (Credit: Kurtis Lee / Los Angeles Times)

Rita Tsalyuk sits inside the Coffee Joint, her soon-to-open shop that will allow patrons to consume pot edibles and use marijuana vape pens. Next door is her recreational dispensary, 1136 Yuma. (Credit: Kurtis Lee / Los Angeles Times)

Because state law bans public consumption of any kind — no puffing a joint in the park or bringing your own pot-infused granola bar to a restaurant for dessert — locals are restricted to their homes. And tourists, who also are barred from using marijuana in rental cars or hotel rooms, face a buy-it-don’t-use-it paradox.

But that soon could change. Denver officials last month accepted an application from a coffee shop that plans to allow social marijuana use — the first of its kind in the country.

Nationwide, cities in the eight states that have legalized pot are debating whether customers should be allowed to toke up outside of private residences or clubs.

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