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You can hotbox a box this weekend at CRUSH Walls after Denver's first special events license granted

Hot Box Lounge will sit at 3102 Blake Street
Posted at 12:42 PM, Sep 06, 2019

DENVER – The city’s first-ever mobile cannabis consumption space will make its appearance this weekend at CRUSH Walls 2019 in the RiNo Arts District after the city granted a license on Friday.

Denver’s first cannabis consumption special event license was granted to Denver-based HTBX International for its repurposed shipping containers in which people over age 21 will be able to bring and consume their own product. The space will be called the Hot Box Lounge.

Patrons will be able to consume cannabis whichever way they choose because of the unit’s open-air design.

One of the portable spaces will sit at 3102 Blake Street from Sept. 6-8. HTBX says its spaces are compliant with the Colorado Clean Indoor Act and are equipped with necessary air filters in order to meet state and city rules.

The company hopes to lease or sell the units in the future to allow for people to legally consume marijuana at events.

“We’re very excited to be hosting the first event in Colorado’s history where cannabis consumption will be legally permitted,” said HTBX International CEO John McCaskill. “We look forward to demonstrating that cannabis can be used responsibly and safely at public events, without negatively affecting those who may be sensitive or allergic to smoke.”

The company also worked with state and local agencies on informational posters and videos regarding safe marijuana use education.

The city said Friday the space had passed all the necessary inspections before the license was issued. Denver's Cannabis Process Navigator has also been working with McCaskill since January to ensure he would be in compliance.

“This is a brand new license and a brand new model, with it being a mobile shipping container model so there were additional hurdles to kind of get through," said Ashley Kilroy, the city's Director of Excise and License.