Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses will have to decide which group if any it will listen to as it finalizes its rules later this month.
A large number of people who weighed in during the last 30-plus days on Denver’s draft rules for social consumption areas were supportive of the city’s plan for regulating marijuana use in businesses and at events, asking for only a few tweaks and clarifications.
However, a contingent of Initiative 300 backers called the proposed rules too restrictive while other residents, particularly from the Washington Park West neighborhood, said they are not restrictive enough.
Backers of I-300 sent a letter Thursday calling some of the agency’s draft rules “unnecessary and overly burdensome” for businesses.
The group that successfully asked Denver during the November election to OK using marijuana in yoga studios, restaurants and other businesses said Thursday it’s unhappy with how Initiative 300 is on pace to roll out.
Here’s what to keep an eye on as Denver’s rules for social cannabis consumption areas are finalized.
The committee tasked with shaping Initiative 300’s roll-out met for the final time last week. Now Denver officials can hash out the details of where people can consume cannabis throughout the city — and we already have a good idea of what’s up for discussion.
A draft set of rules for social consumption areas is expected to be released by April 25. Before they’re finalized, people will be able to weigh in May 25 at a public hearing, according to Denver Excise and Licenses.
The department responsible for licensing Denver’s pot shops hopes to start approving businesses to open social consumption areas as early as July.