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Breckenridge club allowing marijuana use faces changes to town law

ROBERT ALLEN
summit daily news
Special to the DailyA look inside private marijuana Club 420 in Breckenridge.
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BRECKENRIDGE – The cannabis vapors could cease to flow at Club 420 if town council approves a proposed ordinance expanding restrictions on consumption to include private clubs.

Club owner Colette Wilson said that, if approved, the amendment to town code would “absolutely” be a violation of civil rights, but business will continue through sales and rental of vaporizers as well as a T-shirt line.

Town officials discussed the code change last month after receiving complaints from neighboring businesses. The ordinance is set for preliminary approval on Tuesday, and a public hearing would occur at a second reading May 25.

Town voters last November approved a ballot question to decriminalize adult possession of marijuana. The town council-approved “Offenses related to cannabis” law followed, prohibiting consumption in “places generally open to the general public” among other locations.

Wilson’s private club offers vaporizers for rent or sale to members who pay a monthly fee. Members consume vaporized cannabis on-site, though no pot is provided, and club policy neither permits nor prohibits use.

Wilson said she’s most concerned with the proposed ordinance because it would prevent a cannabis research and education institute – focusing on autistic children, epilepsy and bipolar disorder – from setting up in town limits.

“The way the city worded the ordinance, it is the perfect place to be an education and research mecca in the United States,” Wilson said, adding that it’s “an opportunity other cities would die for.”

Though Denver voters approved an initiative similar to the one decriminalizing pot in Breckenridge, she said the latter has more effectively decriminalized adult possession as it applies to the institute’s needs.

Wilson’s club prohibits smoking, and she has emphasized the benefits of vaporizing – a supposedly healthier alternative that doesn’t involve actually burning the herb.

She said her business has plans to help the community through cleaning up trash, supporting child literacy and encouraging that pets be spayed and neutered.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.


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