“I’m excited to add to the history of the house with this next step”
Denver was supposed to begin accepting applications for a new marijuana hospitality program today, November 11, according to the City of Denver’s website, and a Capitol Hill hotel owner jumped at the opportunity to become eligible to open a marijuana lounge.
Chris Chiari, owner of the Patterson Inn at 420 East Eleventh Avenue, says he applied with the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses for a pot hospitality license and paid the required $2,000 application fee; he even received an email from the city saying that his application has been accepted.
But according to a department spokesman Eric Escudero, the official application rollout was actually intended for later this week; November 11 is Veterans Day, a holiday for city employees, and for a time today, the city’s site was even down. As a result, Chiari’s application “isn’t official yet,” he says, adding that the email acknowledgment was automatic.
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