Denver receives an software from the Espresso Joint for approval of the primary in-can pot
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The city of Denver has received its first official application for a cannabis use area within a company. The Coffee Joint, a proposed coffee shop and pot lounge at 1130 Yuma Court, just off Interstate 25 and West Eleventh Avenue, filed its application on Friday, December 8th, according to Daniel Rowland, director of public affairs for the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.
Excise Duties and Licenses, the city’s social consumption authority overseeing permits, opened the application process in August but received nothing for nearly four months as local businesses investigated whether they qualified for the extensive list of location requirements. The Coffee Joint appears to have locked that down: it will be adjacent to the 1136 Yuma pharmacy, and cannabis dispensaries must adhere to location restrictions that are similar to the thousand-foot buffer between a consumption area and any school, childcare facility, drug or treatment facility, city Park, swimming pool or recreation center.
According to Coffee Joint co-owner Rita Tsalyuk, both her business partner Kirill Merkulov and her husband are co-owners of 1136 Yuma. “We’ve already encountered all sorts of obstacles on the pharmacy side,” she explains. “After the pharmacy was cleared, we knew we were 300 meters away from everything we needed to be.”
Tsalyuk and Merkulov had pondered the idea of opening a consumer-friendly store for around two years, following the progress of Initiative 300, which was voted through by voters in November 2016 and paved the way for Denver businesses to apply for private Cannabis consumption areas. Once the rules were approved, the duo leased the property adjacent to 1136 Yuma and began preparing it to meet excise duty and license application requirements.
As per city requirements, any social consumption request must be supported in writing by a neighborhood or business organization that presides over the jurisdiction of the address. According to Rowland, the Coffee Joint has written support from the La Alma-Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association. The next part of the process will be an application review by the city, which Rowland says will take a few days. If approved, the application would “normally” go to a public hearing within two to three months, he added.
Tsalyuk says the status of the Coffee Joint’s consumption application will not affect the store’s opening as a cafe next month. However, if the application is approved, it plans to charge a $ 5 entry fee to the cafe, which includes a free cup of coffee or tea; The Coffee Joint will also have made-to-order beverages and prepackaged foods for sale. There will be a lounge for vaping and eating cannabis, but smoking is illegal under the Colorado Clean Indoor Act. According to Tsalyuk, there will be no outdoor smoking area, but there will be a private conference room for parties, events and meetings.
“We will also specialize in education. We want scientists, psychologists, and psychiatrists to come over to class [cannabis]”, she says.” We also want to offer painting, art and other courses. “
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Thomas Mitchell has been a cannabis-related writer for Westword since 2014, covering sports, real estate, and general news for publications such as the Arizona Republic, Inman, and Fox Sports. He is currently the cannabis editor for westword.com.