Denver officially has an openly marijuana-friendly hotel.
Guests are not (yet) taking bong rips in the lobby or passing a blunt at the bar because smoking in public places in Colorado, like parks or inside restaurants, is still illegal under the Clean Air Act. Therefore, guests can only smoke in designated areas in the hotel.
“It’s definitely not a stoner hotel,” said hotel COO Mike Alexander. “I think that in general, marijuana has a stigma attached to it and I think we’re breaking that.”
The hotel also embraces marijuana in other forms. “All of our drinks are actually flavored with flavored cannabidiol and sweetened with Stevia. It’s non-euphoric and non-psychoactive,” said the founder of CanBria, a bar and coffee lounge in the hotel lobby.
So far, Denver officials have left the issue of smoking marijuana inside a hotel up to the owner, but the Clean Indoor Air Act “limits all smoking to at most 25 percent of rooms,” according to Denver’s retail marijuana use guide, which also includes balconies that are visible from any public place.