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Dean Ween Pitches Canna-Friendly Denver Music Venue

Guitarist and songwriter Dean Ween, best known as guitar player for the alt-rock band Ween, wants to open a cannabis-friendly music venue in Denver, The Denver Post reports.

The venue would be named Dean Ween’s Honeypot Lounge and, according to chief operating officer Michael Polansky, organizers hope to have the venue licensed and open for business by April 20, 2019.

“I think cannabis and music make total, total sense together. … We think that we can offer a unique kind of musical experience for Denver and the world.” — Michael Polansky, via The Denver Post

Polansky said the business would serve as a social use venue and would offer daytime education and wellness programs. Organizers have not yet announced an intended location for the venue but said they plan to apply for the license within the next few weeks.

Dean Ween, whose legal name is Michael Melchiondo Jr., confirmed his involvement to The Denver Post.

Denver is one of the only U.S. cities that has laws allowing for social cannabis use venues but, so far, only one business has successfully completed the process. The rules for such licenses are stringent: businesses must secure the approval of their surrounding neighborhood before opening, and Colorado state law prevents any cannabis venue from serving alcohol. State law also prevents social-use venues from allowing people to smoke indoors — venue attendees would likely have to get high via edibles or by vaping.

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