Denver to look like Amsterdam with marijuana use in coffee shops

By Sean Dowling, Buzz60

With Denver's new public pot use law, the Mile High City might soon start to feel more like Amsterdam; a city famous for its coffeeshops filled with cannabis.

Denver started work on becoming the first city in the U.S. to allow marijuana clubs and use in public spaces such as coffee shops, art galleries and yoga studios.

But wouldn't it be hard to hold the downward-facing dog pose without coughing?

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Marijuana legalization laws by state

Alabama: Medical use only, otherwise possession is a felony

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Alaska: Marijuana legalized for medical and recreational use 

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Arizona: Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Arkansas: Medical use only

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California: Legal for medical and recreational use

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Colorado: Legal for medical and recreational use  

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Connecticut: Decriminalized and legalized for medical use 

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Delaware: Decriminalized

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Florida: Medical use only

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Georgia: Medical use only

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Hawaii: Medical use only

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Idaho: Not legal

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Illinois: Decriminalized

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Indiana: Not legal

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Iowa: Medical use only

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Kansas: Not legal

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Kentucky: Not legal

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Louisiana: Medical use only

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Maine: Legal for medical and recreational use

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Maryland: Decriminalized

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Massachusetts: Legal

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Michigan: Medical use only

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Minnesota: Decriminalized

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Mississippi: Decriminalized on first offense

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Missouri: Not legal

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Montana: Medical use only

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Nebraska: Decriminalized on first offense only

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Nevada: Legal

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New Hampshire: Medical use only

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New Jersey: Medical use only

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New Mexico: Medical use only

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New York: Decriminalized unless in public view

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North Carolina: Decriminalized

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North Dakota: Medical use only

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Ohio: Decriminalized

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Oklahoma: Medical use only

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Oregon: Legal for medical and recreational use

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Pennsylvania: Medical use only

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Rhode Island: Decriminalized

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South Carolina: Not legal

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South Dakota: Not legal

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Tennessee: Medical use only

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Texas: Medical use only, decriminalized in Houston and Dallas

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Utah: Not legal 

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Vermont: Decriminalized

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Virginia: Not legal

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Washington: Legal for medical and recreational use

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West Virginia: Medical use only

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Wisconsin: Medical use only

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Wyoming: Not legal 

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Here's what we know so far:

The drug can't be smoked inside and everyone has to be over 21.

You can't drink and smoke, as the state Liquor Control Board decided no business with a liquor license can also allow pot use.

The businesses have to be away from schools or other places kids gather.

Businesses can now apply for licenses, costing $2,000 a year.

Supporters hope the city starts accepting applications from business owners this summer.

You'd have to bring your own pot, since licensed businesses can't sell it.

The obvious and potentially dangerous loophole is that businesses would have no control over how much people are consuming.

In addition, it's not just Denver. The state legislature is considering a bill to allow pot clubs across the entire state of Colorado, but its future is uncertain despite bipartisan support.

You could say it's all up in the air!

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