Denver businesses seek hospitality licenses to let patrons smoke weed

Denver Post

A Cap Hill mansion-turned-B&B, an existing private club in RiNo and a new addition to South Broadway’s “Green Mile” are the first three businesses to apply for a marijuana hospitality license from the city of Denver. Denver has separate licenses allowing businesses to cultivate, transport and sell cannabis. But this new license — which opened up for applications in November — would allow businesses to let people consume cannabis products on site. Some establishments, including one of the three seeking a license, previously allowed patrons to do so. But Denver overhauled its cannabis laws last April, prohibiting private clubs from allowing on-site consumption without a license. Right now, the only business where customers can consume cannabis is The Coffee Joint at 1130 Yuma Court, which is grandfathered in as a business licensed under Denver’s old cannabis consumption program initiated by voters in 2016. Here’s what we know about the three new applicants: Patterson Inn, 420 E. 11th Ave. This place could give “wake and bake” a whole new meaning. Chris Chiari, owner of the Patterson Inn at 420 E. 11th Ave. in Cap Hill, said he wants to renovate the mansion’s carriage house into a lounge where visitors can smoke cannabis. Chiari purchased the Inn and its real estate for $2.4 million in 2018. The hotel has nine rooms, although Chiari hopes to increase that to 11. Nightly rates range from $195 to $325, depending on the time of year. Chiari said he plans to install new ventilation systems in the carriage house, and block off access from the lounge to the kitchen on the first floor. To be admitted into the lounge, guests of the hotel will need to buy a day pass, and Chiari said he would offer annual memberships. But it won’t be like a cannabis lounge where…

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