Cannabis Businesses seek final approval from Nederland

Cannabis Businesses seek final approval from Nederland

Janet Perry

The Canary’s Song, adjacent to Nederland’s Visitor Center is a medical cannabis center and has been approved by the State of Colorado’s Dept. of Revenue to switch to a retail cannabis business. Now, The Canary’s Song needs a final approval from Nederland’s Board of Trustees. They will be on the agenda at the next BOT meeting on January 21st.

Next week will also be a big week for the proposed business ClubNed. They go before the Planning Commission on January 22nd. Cheryl Fanelli of ClubNed seemed confident that their months-long continued efforts to meet the Town of Nederland’s criteria will finally result in them opening their doors.

Fanelli said that it was important to look at their Mission Statement and their Code of Conduct to understand what they are proposing. The Mission Statement reads: “At ClubNed, we promote the adult use of cannabis: a natural, completely harmless plant which has been shown to help or cure many different afflictions and has been in use for centuries. We are a group of educated, responsible, consenting adults who choose to enhance our lives and health naturally. We are your neighbor, your friend, your coworker, even your grandparents.

“We at ClubNed want to end the misguided and unfair judgment from people who are simply uninformed or misinformed about the many benefits of cannabis. We want to erase the negative stigma surrounding such a beneficial plant. By welcoming adults from all walks of life into our safe and private club, we want to provide cannabis and especially non-cannabis users [sic], a positive living example of the enriching impact cannabis can have, so they may make an informed decision. Many of those against this herb think we should have a drink or take a pill instead. Considering that alcohol kills 85,000 people annually, tobacco 435,000, and prescription side effects 32,000, we choose cannabis and demand & expect others to uphold our right to choose.

“This is a private, membership only, adult club. The owners are 26-year residents of Nederland as well as established business owners. We are from the community, for the community, and want to contribute to the community in as many ways as possible. Part of the membership fees will be donated to area nonprofits & we will be actively looking for other opportunities to give back to the community.

“This club is about mutual respect and having fun. We are here to provide a safe, cozy atmosphere where you can interact with your friends who are cannabis-friendly. You do not have to use cannabis to be a member. There will be food, fun, education, community interaction and relaxation. There is a code of conduct which will be strictly adhered to, to protect ALL our patrons. NO alcohol is allowed on premises in order to promote and protect a peaceful atmosphere. We obey all state and local laws and we will not permit any behaviors outside of these guidelines. We want everyone to have fun safely and responsibly.

Club Ned’s Code of Conduct, must be signed to enter and states that:
* All smoking MUST be out of public view-no exceptions.
* NO ELECTRONICS use of any kind, except as needed by ClubNed Staff, to ensure everyone’s privacy and enjoyment.
* No drugs or alcohol. If you are impaired by drugs or alcohol, you are not allowed at ClubNed.
* No food or drink will be brought onto premises, including water bottles, except by ClubNed staff.
* No cigar or cigarette smoking except in designated outside area.
* You must be an adult to get in; you must act like an adult to stay.
* No loud, rude behavior of any kind.
* No Drama.
* If you are asked to leave, please be respectful of others and go quickly & quietly. We understand you are human, but maybe this isn’t the place for you right now.
* Welcome newcomers as you would like to be welcomed.
* Respect others’ right to privacy. What happens at ClubNed stays at ClubNed.

Fanelli pointed out that the proposed Club Ned is on the same block as a Medical Cannabis Center and a liquor store. “It’s supposed to be treated like alcohol. You can go drink alcohol many places around town, but there is no place to smoke your now legal cannabis.”

The Town of Nederland Planning Commission will meet Wednesday, January 22, 2014 to discuss this proposal. If you would like to offer your support or voice your concerns, please show up at the meeting.