COLORADO: A recent flier for a “4/20-friendly” comedy and burlesque show at Herman’s Hideaway featured marijuana-leaf logos, sponsorship from the Daily Doobie newspaper and a note that the “smokeout starts at 7:10 p.m., show at 8:30.”
The promise of consequence-free pot consumption is more than a marketing tactic, show co-organizer Cameron V. Humanity said. It’s a take-charge solution to the unresolved problem of public pot use in Denver.
“What the city wants is for it to not be used openly and publicly, and that’s why we do it inside,” said Humanity, a Denver comedian and co-owner of Sketchy Entertainment, the show’s promoter.
Whether it’s indoors or outside, marijuana use is prohibited in any space open to the public in Colorado, despite being approved for recreational sale and private use with the passage of Amendment 64 in November 2012.
Some business owners say that creates a fundamental problem when trying to regulate cannabis like alcohol, as Amendment 64 was intended to do.
“We’re going to have a major nuisance issue once the new year comes because we’re allowing millions of people to theoretically come and purchase marijuana, but there’s no plan to consume it,” said Kayvan Khalatbari, co-owner of the Denver Relief dispensary and a national cannabis consultant.
An increasing number of Colorado shows and concerts, from stand-up comedy to hip-hop and jam bands, are being promoted as marijuana-friendly — with the implication that the staff will ignore any pot use, as has been the custom at many rock concerts for decades.