Colorado cannabis coffee shop shut down by citywide ban


A pot-friendly lounge in Amsterdam.

One of Colorado’s first cannabis-friendly hangouts, The Front Tea and Arts, is being shut down by a city ban that the shop’s owner says was targeted directly at her. Lafayette City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to pass an eight-month moratorium on all marijuana-related businesses, including the city’s lone cannabis-friendly coffee shop.

But that doesn’t mean the shop is going down without a fight. An attorney representing the shop points to Colorado’s Amendment 64 which allows municipalities to ban and regulate marijuana establishments, defined specifically as places that cultivate, test, manufacture or sells marijuana. The coffee shop business doesn’t fit into any of those categories because she is merely providing a private place for consenting adults to vaporize cannabis, Gard says.
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