The 411 on 420 Events in Denver

The 411 on 420 Events in Denver
 

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Recreational use of marijuana and cannabis has been legal in Colorado for some time.  Yet the use of it at private events in Denver seems to be much less prevalent than in other cities.  There is no ‘go-to’ rule the events’ industry can turn to about consumption at events, despite the growing trend.  Avant-Garde Events and Productions has always sought to be a resource for our community, so we did some digging and asking around.

Slow and steady wins the race

Denver and Colorado being slower to adopt is not necessarily a bad thing.  True, Colorado was first to open the doors to marijuana, but it has been slower to relax some regulations around where and how we consume.  I know, I know, we all want to be first to the finish, but often early adopters run the risk of making the first mistakes. And these mistakes can set progress back.  Its not a bad thing to let another city or state go first and allow us to learn from their experience.  This doesn’t mean we can sit idly by, we should be keeping our eyes open, asking questions and pushing for laws that fit our needs.

Where do we start?

You’ve heard the phrase “location is everything?”  Well, this is the best way to describe the current pot regulations. Existing laws prohibit the public use of marijuana, just like alcohol.  You can’t stand on the street corner and drink or consume.  According to Coloradopotguide.com where Amendment 64 is concerned “discretion is appreciated and usually required.”  While a bar serving beer, wine and spirits is common place at all types of events, you’ll rarely see “bud bars” equipped with “bud-tenders” and the like.  Only recently did a few establishments get consumption licenses. They are notoriously hard to get. The spirit of the marijuana law seems to be “out of sight, out of mind.”  Before you can even consider having cannabis at your event, you’ll need to check in with your venue and check with city and county rules also.

Let’s talk about your event

The circumstances are rare that you’d be able to secure cannabis at an event with little or no planning. For starters, laws prohibit purchasing and transporting in large quantities, so that can be the first hurdle. It’s not impossible to do, but you will need to plan. True, there are places and circumstances where it is permitted and more easily accomplished but in large part, the event industry in Denver today is not attuned to those needs.  As the law, requirements and regulations change it could and will become more common and thereby easier. 

Bottom line: if you think you’d want cannabis at your event, you’ll need to plan; what does the law say? What does the venue say? What permits will you need? Ask questions and get help.

OK, I have marijuana at my event. Now what?

The role that marijuana and cannabis will play in your event is key.  Will it replace the bar service? Current regulations don’t allow for bar service and pot together. Will the focus of the event be the marijuana? Will your guests all enjoy that? Will you want to have a cannabis professional on hand to educate and entertain your guests?  Yes, its exciting to be able to have something new at your event, but you should have a plan around it.  Biz Bash offered a few great ideas about how to make it fun for everyone. Put a planner to work for you to engage your guests, enjoy the event and make the most of this new element.

I have no doubt that as the industry event’s needs change, the laws will need to keep up.  If you’re an industry professional, please share your experience and insight on this topic.  If you are planning an event, keep asking questions; the consumers need often drives legislation forward.

The fine print: This article is not presented as a comprehensive guide to marijuana and cannabis at any event. Please consult an industry professional regarding the specific regulations concerning consumption at your event. At Avant-Garde Events and Productions we have done our homework and would be thrilled to help you learn more for your unique event.Recreational use of marijuana and cannabis has been legal in Colorado for some time.  Yet the use of it at private events in Denver seems to be much less prevalent than in other cities.  There is no ‘go-to’ rule the events’ industry can turn to about consumption at events, despite the growing trend.  Avant-Garde Events and Productions has always sought to be a resource for our community, so we did some digging and asking around.

Slow and steady wins the race

Denver and Colorado being slower to adopt is not necessarily a bad thing.  True, Colorado was first to open the doors to marijuana, but it has been slower to relax some regulations around where and how we consume.  I know, I know, we all want to be first to the finish, but often early adopters run the risk of making the first mistakes. And these mistakes can set progress back.  Its not a bad thing to let another city or state go first and allow us to learn from their experience.  This doesn’t mean we can sit idly by, we should be keeping our eyes open, asking questions and pushing for laws that fit our needs.

Where do we start?

You’ve heard the phrase “location is everything?”  Well, this is the best way to describe the current pot regulations. Existing laws prohibit the public use of marijuana, just like alcohol.  You can’t stand on the street corner and drink or consume.  According to Coloradopotguide.com where Amendment 64 is concerned “discretion is appreciated and usually required.”  While a bar serving beer, wine and spirits is common place at all types of events, you’ll rarely see “bud bars” equipped with “bud-tenders” and the like.  Only recently did a few establishments get consumption licenses. They are notoriously hard to get. The spirit of the marijuana law seems to be “out of sight, out of mind.”  Before you can even consider having cannabis at your event, you’ll need to check in with your venue and check with city and county rules also.

Let’s talk about your event

The circumstances are rare that you’d be able to secure cannabis at an event with little or no planning. For starters, laws prohibit purchasing and transporting in large quantities, so that can be the first hurdle. It’s not impossible to do, but you will need to plan. True, there are places and circumstances where it is permitted and more easily accomplished but in large part, the event industry in Denver today is not attuned to those needs.  As the law, requirements and regulations change it could and will become more common and thereby easier. 

Bottom line: if you think you’d want cannabis at your event, you’ll need to plan; what does the law say? What does the venue say? What permits will you need? Ask questions and get help.

OK, I have marijuana at my event. Now what?

The role that marijuana and cannabis will play in your event is key.  Will it replace the bar service? Current regulations don’t allow for bar service and pot together. Will the focus of the event be the marijuana? Will your guests all enjoy that? Will you want to have a cannabis professional on hand to educate and entertain your guests?  Yes, its exciting to be able to have something new at your event, but you should have a plan around it.  Biz Bash offered a few great ideas about how to make it fun for everyone. Put a planner to work for you to engage your guests, enjoy the event and make the most of this new element.

I have no doubt that as the industry event’s needs change, the laws will need to keep up.  If you’re an industry professional, please share your experience and insight on this topic.  If you are planning an event, keep asking questions; the consumers need often drives legislation forward.

The fine print: This article is not presented as a comprehensive guide to marijuana and cannabis at any event. Please consult an industry professional regarding the specific regulations concerning consumption at your event. At Avant-Garde Events and Productions we have done our homework and would be thrilled to help you learn more for your unique event.

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