Denver City Council Moves To Open Social Cannabis Use Despite Mayor’s Opposition

Denver voters in 2016 decided to allow cannabis consumption at businesses

The Denver City Council on Monday took a step to boost the slow growth of the city’s social-use cannabis businesses.

In a 9-2 preliminary vote, the council moved forward a proposal that would allow the marijuana-use businesses to operate closer to rec centers, day cares and other facilities.

“There are many people who we have heard from who want to open a business but cannot find a location,” said Councilwoman Kendra Black, who introduced the change after working with a group of business and community leaders.

City voters approved a “social use” law in 2016, but so far, only two businesses in Denver are licensed to allow cannabis consumption.

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