Colorado first legalized weed in 2012, and, half a decade later, Centennial State residents may finally get cannabis, yoga, massage – and karaoke – under one roof. If Cindy Sovine gets her way, she’ll open the Utopia All Natural Wellness Spa and Lounge, the nation’s first licensed cannabis spa, in Denver’s Capitol Hill area sometime at the beginning of June.
“The idea behind it is to give cannabis consumers and medical marijuana patients a place where they can access each other in a unique social environment,” Sovine told MERRY JANE, “one they can’t find anywhere else in the world, legally.”
Sovine is no stranger to Denver’s cannabis community, either. A former healthcare lobbyist, she switched to cannabis lobbying after witnessing marijuana’s healing effects on her father who battled cancer. As a cannabis lobbyist, she successfully fought for Jack’s Law, an amendment that allowed underage Colorado students who were also medical marijuana patients to access their meds while on school grounds.
So far, Sovine and her partners are planning a two-section venue at 1244 Grant Street. Anyone 21 or over would be able to walk in and enjoy Utopia’s wellness spa, which offers THC-infused massages, acupuncture, and a line of hemp-derived beauty products. The other portion of Utopia will include a “consumption floor” reserved only for registered members. Members can participate in “ganja yoga” sessions, infused cooking courses, painting classes, and fully-lit karaoke.
For massages, THC-infused oils and creams will be provided by masseuses. For all other cannabis products — like dabs and joints — it’s Bring Your Own, similar to other social-club models in the state.
Utopia is currently one of two businesses that have applied for Denver’s I-300 permit to open a social use club. The other is a coffee shop off Yuma Court. Approved by voters in 2016, I-300 created