DENVER, 21 April, 2014–The low-hanging fruit proved irresistible for Denver PD, who had a busy 4/20 cannabis holiday weekend with record crowds of up to 50,000 people gathering for High Times Cannabis Cup and other packed events. Marijuana-linked citations and arrests dampened the high spirits of 196 people over the three day pot-palooza.
While the party was in full swing, officers conducted undercover raids at two alleged pot clubs, the POTUS Club on Alameda, and Grassroots Colorado on Larimer Street. Police claim both venues permit customers to publicly consume cannabis, which is illegal under state laws. Patrons were cited at both locations.
The POTUS Club site was once occupied by a club operated by Scottie Ewing who vanished from the Denver scene after making allegations that Michael Hancock then in the run-off for Denver mayor, had been a customer of Denver Players, a “companionship” service Ewing off-loaded before launching the Sugar House.
Mayor Hancock, commenting on pot clubs in 2013 said: “I don’t believe it is wise to open the door even wider for people to move about our public from a private club to their private home while consuming marijuana. And the more we restrict it, to me, the more safe our community will be. There’s no reason we need to open up that Pandora’s box when the law doesn’t speak to it.”