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(AP Photo/Kristen Wyatt, File). FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo, business owners in the new marijuana industry mingle at a political fundraiser in Denver. Denver has approved a first-in-the-nation law allowing people to use marijuana in bars ...

(AP Photo/Kristen Wyatt, File). FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo, business owners in the new marijuana industry mingle at a political fundraiser in Denver. Denver has approved a first-in-the-nation law allowing people to use marijuana in bars ...

(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File). FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2016, file photo, farmworkers transport newly-harvested marijuana plants, at Los Suenos Farms, America's largest legal open air marijuana farm, in Avondale, southern Colorado. Denver voters appro...

(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File). FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2016, file photo, farmworkers transport newly-harvested marijuana plants, at Los Suenos Farms, America's largest legal open air marijuana farm, in Avondale, southern Colorado. Denver voters appro...

(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File). FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, diners chat and smoke marijuana, before eating dishes prepared by chefs during an evening of pairings of fine food and craft marijuana strains served to invited guests dining at...

(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File). FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, diners chat and smoke marijuana, before eating dishes prepared by chefs during an evening of pairings of fine food and craft marijuana strains served to invited guests dining at...

(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File). FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, diners smoke marijuana as they eat dishes prepared by chefs during an evening of pairings of fine food and craft marijuana strains served to invited guests dining at Planet Blue...

(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File). FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, diners smoke marijuana as they eat dishes prepared by chefs during an evening of pairings of fine food and craft marijuana strains served to invited guests dining at Planet Blue...

By KRISTEN WYATT
Associated Press

DENVER (AP) - A glass of wine with dinner? Or maybe some marijuana?

Denver voters have approved a first-in-the-nation law allowing willing bars and restaurants to give patrons the option to use marijuana alongside a cocktail or meal. The catch: Smoking pot won't be allowed inside, and the locations would have to first get the approval of neighbors.

Denver voters approved Proposition 300 on the same day that the nation's largest state of California and two others legalized pot for all adults and five more states approved pot for sick people - signs of society's increasing tolerance for the drug.

"It's the sensible thing to do," said Emmett Reistroffer, a Denver marijuana consultant and campaign manager for the pot-in-bars measure. "This is about personal responsibility and respecting adults who want to have a place to enjoy cannabis."

Denver's measure takes effect immediately, but it has a lot of caveats.

First, interested bars and restaurants would have to show they have neighborhood support before getting a license to allow marijuana use. In addition, patrons would have to bring their own weed to comply with state law banning the sale of both pot and food or drink at a single location.

Patrons at participating bars could use pot inside as long as it isn't smoked. The law does provide for the possibility of outside smoking areas under restrictive circumstances. The law also allows for non-service establishments, such as yoga galleries or art galleries, to set up pot-smoking areas or hold events serving both pot and food and drink.

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