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Published On: Thu, Jan 3rd, 2013

First marijuana clubs open in Colorado after state legalized recreational pot use

At least two members-only recreational marijuana clubs opened in Colorado Monday, one in Denver and one in the small southern Colorado town of Del Norte, according to the Associated Press.

In Denver, Club 64 opened Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after organizers announced they would create it. It already had 200 members, who had shelled out $29.99 each for the privilege of joining. The club, which will meet monthly at different locations, will charge the same fee each month.

“It’s just a place for adults to exercise their constitutional rights together,” Denver marijuana attorney Robert Corry told the AP. “We’re not selling pot here.”

“Look at this!” an excited Chloe Villano exclaimed as the club she created over the weekend opened. “We were so scared because we didn’t want it to be crazy. But this is crazy! People want this.”

Colorado’s marijuana amendment prohibits public consumption, and smoke-free laws also appear to ban indoor smokeouts.

Corry says the private pot dens are permissible because marijuana isn’t sold, nor is it food or drink.

In Del Norte, the Whitehorse Inn opened Monday afternoon, becoming the first private marijuana club in the state. But according to the Denver Post, publicity surrounding the opening resulting in owner Paul Lovato losing his lease. While Lovato had the keys to the property, his lease didn’t actually start until Tuesday, and when the landlord saw the publicity, he canceled the lease before it went into effect.

“By opening early I kind of screwed myself out of my building,” Lovato said Tuesday.

He had planned to open at midnight Monday, just after New Year’s Eve ticked over to New Year’s Day, but moved up his opening by a few hours after hearing about Club 64. Lovato wanted to be first.

“It was really unexpected,” he said of the lease cancellation. “I got caught up in the whole, ‘I want to be the first to open’ thing. And I did that. I was the first. … I’m pretty proud of that.”

If Lovato has lost his location, he hasn’t lost his club.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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