A Denver coffee shop is about to become the first business of its kind in the the country to allow on-site marijuana use.
Located at 1130 Yuma Court in Lincoln Park, The Coffee Joint received its cannabis consumption establishment license Monday, The Denver Post reported. The license was established in 2016 when Denver voters approved Initiative 300. While some California cities allow smoking inside dispensary lounges, this will be the first cafe in the U.S. to sanction pot consumption on premises.
At The Coffee Joint, customers won’t be able to buy or smoke pot on-site, but they can conveniently purchase it next door at the cafe’s sister store, 1136 Yuma Dispensary. Once inside the cafe, they can use vaporizers and consumer edibles freely. The new coffee shop and social consumption club is being branded as a “cannabis entertainment and educational center,” according to its website.
Dispensary customers will be able to enter the coffee shop for free, while new patrons will pay a $5 entry fee. Tastings and other events are in the works, but for now, people can visit the cafe, receive a free cup of coffee, and tour the retail store to hear more about future offerings.
During its public hearing earlier this month, The Coffee Joint received no opposition to its plans. Now more pot-affiliated businesses in Denver will surely follow, including a marijuana spa in preliminary planning stages in Capitol Hill. Following the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012, Coloradans and visitors have been able to buy marijuana but not use it publicly.