Colorado’s Newest Marijuana Shop Tied to Strip Club| 0
GLENDALE, Colorado (AP) — Colorado’s newest marijuana shop has some wondering whether strippers and weed are too closely aligned.
The Smokin Gun Apothecary is opening next to the Denver area’s best-known strip club, Shotgun Willie’s, with just a parking lot between them. Both businesses have the same owner, who envisions pot shoppers getting discounted drinks at the strip club.
The development raises ethical and potentially legal issues about the state’s growing legal recreational pot industry, one of the first in the United States.
Colorado bans the sale of pot and alcohol in the same location. It also bans public marijuana consumption, but it allows local governments to decide whether to allow private pot clubs. Smokin’ Gun is preparing a rooftop lounge in anticipation of a local ordinance to allow shoppers to smoke.
Owner Deborah Dunafon says there’s no reason to fear the strip club will break state law and allow her marijuana-shop patrons to get high there.
She’s the only person in the country who owns both a legal marijuana shop and a strip club.