Lawmaker in Colorado hoping to regulate marijuana social clubs

- People in Colorado may be able to legally smoke marijuana, but they still can't do it out in public.

Now one lawmaker is hoping to change that by regulating pot social clubs.

Emma Attolini, with Grass Station, said, "It's a beautiful pure indica; it’s a skunk."

Attolini knows her marijuana business is booming.

"It's just all up from here you know."

Every day the Grass Station seems to get a new product or a new customer.

But when it comes tourists from out of state often times she doesn't know where to send them.

"It's the number one question we get from out of staters,” Attolini said.

After all Colorado rules are clear; no smoking in public, hotels often ban it.

While some pot social clubs do exist they are few in number, require membership fees, and now some cities are outlawing them.

Nick Davenport, an Atlanta, Georgia resident, said, "We thought we could walk down the street and smoke a joint; last night I smoked one outside by Quality Inn Hotel."

Nick Davenport is in from Atlanta.

He was found purchasing a bag full of goodies.

He's baffled by the rules.

Thinking Denver would be like the Netherlands.

"The culture is here but we are missing an element,” Davenport said.

Well now some lawmakers want social clubs to be regulated and allowed.

Representative Jonathon Singer set to introduce his bill soon.

"What this bill will allow people to enjoy marijuana in the same way that they have enjoyed a glass of beer or a pint of wine for decades really,” Singer said.

But the critics are circling.

Some say it’s unconstitutional, believing its only allowed in the home for a reason.

Others say localities should be able to ban what they want. Then there's the safety factor.

"They are getting high and then they leave and maybe they’re not capable of driving and there putting people's lives in danger,” Brenda Labella, an opponent of marijuana social clubs, said.

Back at Attolini’s shop, she says if that's the case we should shut down bars, remaining hopeful this will allow dispensaries to add tasting rooms soon.

"It's really clear to see where this goes you know?"

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