Nation's First Marijuana Spa Planned in Denver

Utopia All Natural Wellness Spa and Lounge could become the nation's first legal marijuana spa. Cindy Sovine, 38, is in the process of obtaining permissions to open the spa in an 18th-century mansion in Denver, Colorado.

Sovine's ambitious business plan includes massage with THC or CBD oils and “ganja yoga” classes where students can practice high. Her inspiration for the new business came from her father's use of medical marijuana while suffering from terminal lymphatic cancer.

After his death, says Sovine, she became an active voice for the marijuana community and was motivated to create a safe space for patients to learn and heal. However, she plans to welcome recreational users in the spa as well.

Marijuana spa services are not a new concept in Denver, where massage therapists have been using infused oils for years. The key difference between Utopia and other spas in the area that use marijuana is that Utopia will be the first to do so under official regulations.

Those regulations will prevent Utopia from being able to sell consumable marijuana. The location was carefully chosen for its distance from schools and childcare centers, and Sovine had to have a plan in place to prevent patrons from driving while impaired after their yoga or massage services.

While it took a lot of time and effort to plan, Sovine believes it will be worth all the effort; she plans to offer typical high-end spa pricing. She considers the spa will be protected from a federal crackdown because they will not sell, manufacture, or distribute marijuana.

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