Among concerns outlined by the restaurant association: possible liability for establishments if patrons mix alcohol and marijuana consumption; a lack of clarity for insurance companies that have indicated they wouldn't insure restaurants and bars that allow pot use on site; and potential confusion for customers, business owners and police if bars and restaurants adopt a patchwork of policies toward marijuana use, perhaps by opting in to Denver's new law.
The new rule was published Friday by the Liquor Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of Revenue.
"Detecting the combined impairment from marijuana and alcohol would be very hard for servers at bars and restaurants", said Fran Lanzer, MADD's state executive director. New restrictions on the law will limit where Denverites are able to consume weed, but, on the whole, they're about to have a lot more options when it comes to getting high in public. "Our alcohol policies already rely on the judgment of the server", Tvert said. Dan Landes, owner of City O' City and other popular hangouts, says he would be interested in social marijuana use during special events.
Marijuana activist Emmett Reistroffer and cannabis consultant Kayvan Khalatbari deliver signatures for a public cannabis use ballot initiative to the Denver election officials on August 12. "That is inhospitable", he said. Smoking pot would not be allowed inside, and the locations would have to first get the approval of neighbors or business districts.
The state is cracking down on marijuana in bars and restaurants a week after Denver voted to allow it.
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Tvert said the ruling was pushed by the liquor industry trying to protect its turf because they wanted people drinking alcohol and not using other products.
Meanwhile, Mothers Against Drunk Driving applauded the decision, saying the group is concerned about the consequences of alcohol and marijuana impairment on the state's roads.
Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public of Public Health and Environment, supported the ruling. "After carefully considering all impacts to Coloradans and industry", she said, the department decided "this rule is in the best interests of public health and safety resulting from public and dual consumption".