Former dispensary owner, Veronica Carpio, was born on 4/20. “Cannabis is part of my destiny,” she says. Carpio now runs Colorados first cannabis-friendly coffee and tea shop in Denver.
The Front Tea and Art Shop, by day, is a novelty gift store, but after Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper signed Amendment 64 into law, it now doubles as a night-time “co-op” BYOB hangout for cannabis lovers.
Admittedly, Carpios passion for cannabis has brought its share of rough times. In July of 2011 Carpio closed her dispensary. Five months later she got caught up on felony drug distribution charges, accused of selling ten pounds of marijuana to an informant who planned to take it out of the state. After pleading guilty in exchange for reduced charges, she’s currently serving a 12-month probation and 48 hours of community service.
Carpio’s new co-op venture seems to be well within the law, according to local law-enforcement officials.
“They do not appear to be violating any laws,” said Lafayette police Cmdr. Gene McCausey.
“She’s reciting Amendment 64 to a T. She knows the law very well.”
Among the other rules outlined on Carpio’s fliers: Selling of marijuana is not allowed in the co-op, though trading and sharing is OK, and the substance can’t be used in public view.
“All we offer is the location,” Carpio said.
Carpio’s vision for her co-op is that of a safe place where cannabis users can relax and unwind with a cup of coffee and a joint, surrounded by good, healing energy, she said.