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Legal weed sparks Colorado debate _ why not allow pot clubs?

  • In this June 11, 2016 photo, Damian Riniker, right, a marijuana reform advocate with the group NORML, stands by while a passerby signs a petition to get a pot club initiative on the ballot in the next election, in Denver. Legal marijuana is giving Colorado a stinky conundrum. Visitors can buy the drug, but they can’t use it in public. Or in a rental car. Or in most hotel rooms. Some legalization advocates believe they have a solution - pot clubs. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    In this June 11, 2016 photo, Damian Riniker, right, a marijuana reform advocate with the group NORML, stands by while a passerby signs a petition to get a pot club initiative on the ballot in the next election, in Denver. Legal marijuana is giving Colorado a stinky conundrum. Visitors can buy the drug, but they can’t use it in public. Or in a rental car. Or in most hotel rooms. Some legalization advocates believe they have a solution - pot clubs. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this June 11, 2016 photo, a marijuana reform advocate with the group NORML holds a clipboard while waiting for passersby to sign a petition to get a pot club initiative on the ballot in the next election, in Denver. Legal marijuana is giving Colorado a stinky conundrum. Visitors can buy the drug, but they can’t use it in public. Or in a rental car. Or in most hotel rooms. Some legalization advocates believe they have a solution - pot clubs. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    In this June 11, 2016 photo, a marijuana reform advocate with the group NORML holds a clipboard while waiting for passersby to sign a petition to get a pot club initiative on the ballot in the next election, in Denver. Legal marijuana is giving Colorado a stinky conundrum. Visitors can buy the drug, but they can’t use it in public. Or in a rental car. Or in most hotel rooms. Some legalization advocates believe they have a solution - pot clubs. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this June 11, 2016 photo, Robert Cleary, left, a marijuana reform advocate with the group NORML, talks with passersby, gathering signatures on a petition to get a pot club initiative on the ballot in the next election, in Denver. Legal marijuana is giving Colorado a stinky conundrum. Visitors can buy the drug, but they can’t use it in public. Or in a rental car. Or in most hotel rooms. Some legalization advocates believe they have a solution - pot clubs. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    In this June 11, 2016 photo, Robert Cleary, left, a marijuana reform advocate with the group NORML, talks with passersby, gathering signatures on a petition to get a pot club initiative on the ballot in the next election, in Denver. Legal marijuana is giving Colorado a stinky conundrum. Visitors can buy the drug, but they can’t use it in public. Or in a rental car. Or in most hotel rooms. Some legalization advocates believe they have a solution - pot clubs. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)  (The Associated Press)

Legal marijuana is giving Colorado a stinky conundrum. Visitors can buy the drug, but they can't use it public. Or a rental car. Or most hotel rooms.

Some legalization advocates believe they have a solution — pot clubs. Denver voters may consider a ballot measure this fall to make the city the most populous place in the nation to expressly allow pot clubs.

But marijuana clubs have proven a harder sell here than legalizing the drug in the first place. Colorado's constitution doesn't allow nor ban public use. The result is a patchwork of local club policies.

No other states with legal recreational pot have licensed clubs statewide. Alaska is working on regulations to allow consumption where the drug is sold, but the regulations aren't up and running yet.