Denver passed an initiative this week allowing restaurants and bars to become licensed for marijuana use, which will let patrons use pot in limited ways.
Initiative 300 won't let people smoke marijuana, but they can consume their own stash through vaping, dabbing concentrates or pot edibles. Non-service establishments, such as yoga studios, can now also set up marijuana-smoking areas and hold events serving both the drug and food and drink.
Colorado state law still bans the sale of both pot and food or drink at the same location.
The initiative passed with 53 percent support, and is just a pilot program that will end in 2020. A local Denver business owner and lead proponent of Initiative 300 said in a statement that the change was a "sensible" one.
"We are proud that we included provisions in the measure that give communities the opportunity to provide input into the process and requires their support when applying for a permit. This is a thoughtfully drafted law that will be good for consumers and good for our city," Kayvan S.T. Khalatbari said in a statement, adding that it will reduce the use of adult consumption of marijuana in public places.
Marijuana, in general, won big on election night last week. Voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada approved recreational marijuana initiatives. In Florida, North Dakota and Arkansas, medical marijuana initiatives were approved, and voters in Montana rolled back restrictions on an existing law regarding medical marijuana.
"This represents a monumental victory for the marijuana reform movement," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, in a statement. "With California's leadership now, the end of marijuana prohibition nationally, and even internationally, is fast approaching."