Denver Explores Measures to Control Saturated Cannabis Markets

Saturated Market

A new proposal to create citywide caps on stores and grow houses will be introduced to the Denver City Council on April 11, 2016, reports The Denver Post. The bill was created as part of an effort to control the city’s saturated cannabis markets.

The final vote on the bill could take place as early as April 18, but there’s no easy passage in the bill’s future.

The controversial bill has some support from the city’s cannabis industry and neighborhood advocates, but there is significant push-back from local businesses, which have voiced concerns about the city placing too many restraints on local commerce, according to the Post.

There currently is a temporary city moratorium on new entrants to the cannabis industry—both medical and recreational—that will expire on May 1 and the new caps and other rules would replace that moratorium.

According to the Post, major components of the new bill include:

  • Caps on the number of locations for cultivation facilities and dispensaries within the city;
  • New caps could include around 50 new locations of either cultivators or dispensaries (medical and recreational);
  • No location caps for marijuana testing facilities or edibles manufacturers.
  • New cultivation locations, whether under new or existing license, must be at least 1,000 feet from schools and 1,000 feet from residential zones.

There will be an hour allotted for public testimony prior to the council meeting on April 11, which begins at 5:30 pm.

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