Denver Issues Rules for Social Marijuana Use

Denver Issues Rules for Social Marijuana Use

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On June 30, 2017, Denver’s licensing officials released final rules regulating the city’s pilot program to allow social marijuana use within city limits.

According to The Denver Post, the city will begin accepting applications by the end of August. Fees for accepted applications will cost $2,000. Businesses that grow or sell marijuana are ineligible for the program.

Under the rules, applicants can seek two types of permits, one allowing for year-round social marijuana use and one for special events. Applicants seeking a permit for special events will have to submit their application 120 days prior to the scheduled event.

Regardless of the permit type, applicants must provide documentation that shows “evidence of community support” for eligible neighborhood organizations within the area. Applicants must also submit plans for health and sanitation, marijuana waste and odor control.

Although city officials are expecting slight delays in processing the applications, Ashley Kilroy, the executive director of the Department of Excise and Licenses, told The Denver Post that they are still on schedule.

“We have had a very aggressive timeline, and we’re right on time,”Kilroy said. “Building any structure from the ground up takes time.”

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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