WHEAT RIDGE - It's another twist in the legal marijuana story in Colorado: the "marijuana mullet" issue. What if a pot-related business wants to be just that, business up front and a party in the back?
This is the case at a shop called Three Kings Dab Supply in Wheat Ridge. Over the past month, the small business has gotten into some hot water for allowing customers to smoke pot on a back patio.
According to a city ordinance, Wheat Ridge prohibits businesses from allowing customers to consume marijuana on the property. After several complaints from area residents, the Wheat Ridge Police Department launched an investigation.
On June 17, the owners were issued a citation. On July 10, the owners were served a cease and desist letter stating the business was engaging in unlicensed and unlawful activities, including advertising on-site pot use on websites like Instagram and Facebook and promoting on-site events where marijuana-use is encouraged.
"They were observed having people consume marijuana inside the business, so we cited them for that because that is illegal in the city of Wheat Ridge," said John Romero, a spokesperson for the Wheat Ridge Police Department.
Attorney Robert Corry, who is representing Three Kings Dab Supply, says the back patio is a private area and only those invited to hang out there by the owners are allowed.
"That is our right, and we are going to continue to exercise our rights," Corry said. "Outdoor smoking in private places on private property is allowed under Amendment 64, and it's allowed under any Wheat Ridge ordinance."
It's a practice that has some nearby residents frustrated, not only for the pot use happening nearby, but the amount of people that gather in the back because of it.
"If you want to smoke it, smoke it; that's fine. Just don't do it in front of my home," a Wheat Ridge resident said. "We don't need this kind of business here, so close to the residents."
Convictions on municipal citations in Wheat Ridge can result in a fine of up to $1,000 and/or a year in jail.
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