DENVER (AP) — Owners of a Colorado business seeking to be among the nation’s first legal marijuana clubs made an initial public pitch to city officials on Friday, laying out their plans to prevent underage and otherwise illegal use at the site.
The business owners reiterated their plan to charge an entry fee to the space where customers can vape or eat marijuana products.
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The space is already open but is only selling coffee and pre-packaged snacks for now.
“I’ve had numerous conversations with the owners and we’re really pleased to have them in the community”
Aubrey Lavizzo, La Alma Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association
City officials put specific focus on how the business will train employees to prevent anyone underage from entering, keep customers from distributing marijuana and responding if someone has over-consumed.
No opponents of the business spoke during the two-hour hearing and a representative for the Denver neighborhood where the business is located asked the city for approval.
“I have visited the facility, I’ve had numerous conversations with the owners and we’re really pleased to have them in the community,” said Aubrey Lavizzo, a member of the La Alma Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association.
One of the owners runs a marijuana store next to the coffee shop. The co-owner also is a manager at that store. Neighbors are familiar with them and have no complaints about their marijuana retail business, Lavizzo said.
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Rita Tsalyuk, one of the Coffee Joint’s co-owners, said they understand a license requires scrutiny.
“We want to be a good face for the community and the industry,” she said. “We’re trying to make it