Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed a bill on Monday that would have allowed licensed cannabis tasting rooms, citing health and safety concerns, according to a Denver Post report.
The legislation — the first of its kind in the nation — would have allowed adults at recreational cannabis retailers to consume small amounts of cannabis via either a vaporizer or edibles.
Colorado is currently home to several unlicensed cannabis clubs and the city of Denver has also begun issuing licenses for social-use establishments after a successful voter initiative. The vetoed bill, however, would have been limited to recreational stores and would not have allowed consumption of shared or personal cannabis, only cannabis supplied by the establishment.
Hickenlooper wrote in a letter announcing the veto:
“We are concerned that marijuana use at consumption establishments could result in additional impaired or intoxicated drivers on our roadways. …This bill