Audio: Go Inside The First And Only Cannabis Club With A Social Consumption License

Rita Tsalyuk, co-owner of The Coffee Joint, the first and so far only business to successfully earn a social consumption license.

Michael Sakas/CPR News

You can’t consume marijuana out in public, in hotels and even in some rental homes. Despite that need, social cannabis clubs have yet to rise up en masse. Right now, the Coffee Joint in industrial north Denver is the first and only of its kind.

Rita Tslayuk and Kirill Merkulov opened the marijuana-friendly coffee shop earlier this year. The space next door to their medical and recreational dispensary, 1136 Yuma in the La Alma-Lincoln Park neighborhood, opened up around the same time licenses became available.

“We thought, it’s perfect timing,” Tslayuk said.

You can snack on edibles, vape or dab using concentrates in the Coffee Joint. No smoking is allowed inside because of the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act — the same law that keeps you from lighting a cigarette in restaurants. The shop also sells traditional, THC-free snacks, coffees and teas available for purchase in the Coffee Joint.

No cannabis products are sold at the Coffee Joint. Visitors can provide their own marijuana products, or purchase some from Tslayuk and Merkulov’s dispensary. If people buy something there, they get in to the Coffee Joint for free. If not, it’s a $5 cover.

“A lot of things we are trying on and seeing how it fits,” Tslayuk said.

We’re at the Coffee Joint— Denver’s first business to get a cannabis consumption license. @cprwarner and I watched this guy dab (smoking a cannabis concentrate). Tea, coffee, snacks and ping pong are in the next room. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/ntIe4Wlm8L

— Michael E Sakas (@_msakas) May 25, 2018

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