1st marijuana club already closed in CO

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- The nation's first known recreational pot club has already closed its doors.

The Denver Post reports Tuesday that the White Horse Inn in the southern Colorado town of Del Norte closed a day after its opening because of a landlord dispute.

Owner Paul Lovato tells the newspaper that he wanted to be first in the nation to open a marijuana club. He beat a marijuana club in Denver by a few hours.

Lovato says his lease on the building didn't start until Tuesday. Lovato said that when his landlord saw the publicity about the club, he canceled the lease before it took effect.

Colorado voters in November legalized use and limited possession of marijuana. The marijuana measure bans public consumption but doesn't ban members-only group smoke-outs.

Club 64, another members-only marijuana club in Denver, is still open. An attorney for Club 64 says the clubs are permissible under Colorado's new constitutional amendment on marijuana. Marijuana will not be sold at the clubs. He said Club 64 has 200 members over age 21 who paid $29.99 for a one-time club event. It is named for Amendment 64, which voters approved last month


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