Oh, Breckenridge. People who love gorgeous and brilliantly quaint ski towns already love you. As of this month, fans of cannabis will love you too.
On April 20th, Mike Davis opened up a pot shop. This is not a medical marijuana dispensary. Far from it. This is a pot bar. You bring your own herb (BYOH, BYOM, BYOP…whatever) and, for a monthly fee, can just hang there and smoke. You don’t need a medical license because last November, voters in Breck approved of the legal possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. This pot bar is for everyone and anyone.
“That’s the whole point,” Davis says. “It’s not just medical marijuana patients that cannabis is necessary for. In our opinion, it’s not just medical marijuana — it’s every day people that should use it. That’s kind of the whole point of the club.”
Seems like a pretty laid back joint, (yay for puns) but beware that you don’t partake in any business transactions. (And by business we mean buying and selling the mary-jane). If they catch you doing that, you’re banned from the bar forever. “If there’s any sort of exchange of money for marijuana in the club, those people are banned for life,” Davis says. “That would risk everything. It goes against what we’re doing.”
Club 420 opened on 4/20 at 4:20. Davis and co-founder Collette Wilson stress that it’s really no worse than a bar where people drink. In their eyes, in fact, it’s safer. “That’s our biggest fight, really — alcohol,” Davis says. “Everybody thinks it’s okay to walk around drunk all day, but we can’t smoke cannabis. Some of the businesses are a little upset, because this wasn’t their intent when they passed the law,” he continues. “They’re worried about the crowd that’s going to be there, the people hanging out. But really, it’s nothing like a bar, with people coming out and screaming or whatever. The worst thing these guys are gonna do is leave and go buy some food or art or something.”
There is, of course, stiff opposition to this club. Breckenridge police chief Rick Holman is looking to amend the city code to stop private lounges like these from operating. “Our intent right now is to amend this ordinance and put it in front of council for first reading May 11… to prohibit any use or consumption of cannabis within a business in town,” Holman said.
In the meantime, if you care to join the club, it’ll cost you $20 a month from now through May 3rd. Then dues will increase to $50 a month.
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