In this week's CannaBiz column, we brought you word of KC Stark's new social club for cannabis smokers called Studio A64. Located right above the Triple Nickel Tavern, the business' grand opening is today, Saturday, Feb. 23, and tickets $10.
"Based on everyone I’ve talked to in the state, that I know of, people have done this but no one has a sales-tax license and no one has a permanent brick-and-mortar location like we do," said Stark, one of the most active entrepreneurs in the local marijuana scene, in an interview last week. He specifically juxtaposed it against another creation, Club 710, a more mobile outfit (until further notice), which we reported on in early January.
Studio A64 will supply pre-packaged drinks and snacks, as well as music, entertainment and Silver Surfer Vaporizers, but goers will have to bring the cannabis themselves.
"I’m not gonna give shit to nobody — I don’t sell marijuana," he said. "I’m just allowing you a place to exercise a constitutional right as an adult."
Stark's also clear about the inherent risk of operating in the gray area of Amendment 64, where something's not necessarily prohibited, but it's not clear that it's allowed, either. Recently, Westword reported on the dim view Attorney General John Suthers took with related ideas, like businesses that offer weed for free then charge for something ancillary, like Colorado Springs' Billygoatgreen MMJ.
"You know what? They could possibly ban everything but what I’m doing, I think," Stark said. "I think what I’m doing, constitutionally, if we actually get to court and can afford that battle, I think that we may be the case that sets what A64 really means: what is public, what is private. Because we all have an idea, but there is no case law.
"But if I can join a club and watch people dance fully nude, and bring my own liquor, well, you know, I think I can have no nudity, no sales of marijuana, and I can sell you a postcard and a cup of coffee and a Jimi Hendrix poster, and I don’t know what I’m doing wrong."
Yesterday, we stopped by for a real quick preview of the business. Below are a couple shots of what people can expect.