There’s some discussion about whether private property in public view, like “a nice evening when you’re sitting on the front porch,” should constitute public consumption, Martin says. For now, he suggests, stick to the back porch where passers-by can’t see you. (For more details about what not to do, the Denver Post’s Cannabist website has a very thorough 64 question FAQ.)
Rent a private house. Besides the fact that public pot consumption is banned, smoking of anything at all is verboten at bars, restaurants and many Colorado hotels. Even those hotels that allow cigarette smoking in some bedrooms (which, let’s face it, probably smell like stale tobacco) sometimes don’t allow marijuana, even on the balconies. Here’s a handful of hotels that openly welcome cannabis users.
Luckily the state is full of gorgeous vacation homes. Though most ban smoking indoors, look for somewhere with private outdoor space, like this riverside cottage with an outdoor hot tub in Crested Butte, or this five-bedroom “luxury log cabin” in Vail. There are also a few rental homes that permit indoor smoking, like this exposed brick loft in downtown Denver.
Go to a stylish event. A growing number of chefs and event planners are creating special cannabis evenings, centered around marijuana-friendly food or focused on entertainment like burlesque-themed cabaret.
Jane West, a Denver event planner, is hosting monthly “BYOC” dinner parties in Denver art galleries. They’re designed to appeal to cannabis users, but are open to all (they also serve craft beers and Colorado “small batch” spirits.) The menus will be heavy on “succulent moist foods that will evolve” as you eat them, West told Quartz, like meatballs stuffed with blue cheese.
There will be a four-course, 100-person “farm-to-table” dinner in April and an “Oktoberfest” in September. At a recent event, there was even a special code for discounts on Uber rides home. West said previously “there was not a scene for people like me,” someone in her 30s who likes to drink good wine, eat great food, and use cannabis.
If you want to host a private event of your own, West can also arrange for a “cannabis chef” to come to your rental home, even outside of Denver, and make you food with and without marijuana.
Take it easy with the edibles. Colorado is full of mom-and-pop outfits that churn out cookies, cakes, granolas and candies, most with organic ingredients and all clearly labeled with the amount of THC—the active ingredient in marijuana—that they contain.
Twirling Hippy Confections, for instance, makes individual peanut butter chocolate chip cheesecakes with 65 mg of THC in each one. Julie & Kate Baked Goods makes gluten-free products using various strains of marijuana, such as almond, sunflower and maple syrup treats with 25 mg of THC each. Edibles like these are in such demand that Colorado stores have been rationing them to keep them in stock.