Englewood votes to ban pot clubs

Posted at 7:43 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 21:43:35-04

The Englewood city council voted to ban marijuana social clubs Monday night, but did not address what would happen to the one that has been operating there for the last year. 

On a stretch of South Broadway dotted with marijuana dispensaries, iBake Englewood promotes itself as a "safe, legal place for people to consume together."

"I really thought for a minute that there wasn't going to be a problem," said the co-owner, who goes by Thurlow Weed. "We followed all the rules."

However, in last night's Englewood City Council meeting, members voted unanimously to ban marijuana social clubs.

"What they decided was they didn't want this type of business to be part of the social fabric of this community is what it really came down to," said Murphy Robinson, the Assistant City Manager for the City of Englewood, who has had several complaints about iBake Englewood.

Robinson said the council has not yet decided what to do about iBake Englewood, but its future may be discussed in the next council meeting.

"What do we have to do? I just feel like we're being attacked because they don't like the type of business that we have," said Weed, who said he is still hopeful the club will be grandfathered in.

Meanwhile, Jordan Person, the executive director of Denver's National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) said Englewood's vote is an example of why they are pushing to legalize private marijuana clubs in Denver.

"We're working very hard to provide a regulatory framework so this won't happen in the future," said Person.

NORML is gathering signatures for a petition to social pot use on the ballot in November.

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