Starting Jan. 1, Coloradans will have more options for consuming cannabis in public. But will we catch up to California?
From eye-level, Tetra Lounge looks like an upscale coffee shop rolled into a nightclub. Brick walls, painted white, box in DJ booths and a bar, while attractive glass cases and furniture dot the 2,000-square-foot space at 3039 Walnut St. in the River North Art District. But look down and you’re suddenly in a weed dealer’s apartment from the black-market era of cannabis: plush but worn couches, video game controllers, scattered bits of bright-green leaves, and a friendly, roaming Rottweiler named Kena. That feeling is intentional. “The vibe is supposed to be more like your initial cannabis interaction, where the first time you smoked weed was in your friend’s basement or garage,” said owner Dewayne Benjamin, who opened Tetra in February 2018. “But it’s obviously more social than that, and very safe.” In that way, Tetra is a synthesis of old and new pot culture, combining the bong rips and couch-locked diversions of old with the chic, discerning and proudly public persona of contemporary cannabis. Tetra sidesteps 2006’s Colorado Indoor Clean Air Act, which banned smoking in most public, indoor spaces, by acting as a private club that sells daily memberships for $20 a pop (or $60 per month). Benjamin said he’s…
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Source : Denver Post
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