Currently, only one in 20 Denver dispensaries offer delivery services.
DENVER — Denver City Council will consider a proposal Monday to drastically cut license fees for marijuana delivery services and extend — forever — a requirement that delivery company owners come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.
The current “social equity” mandate is set to end in 2024, but the city aims to call the bluff of dispensaries waiting until then to establish their own delivery services rather than rely upon the existing businesses.
“It is easy to see that Denver preventing stores from doing their own delivery so social equity businesses have the first crack at this business type is resulting in the industry choosing profit over supporting more equitable access to the industry,” Department of Excise and Licenses spokesperson Eric Escudero said.
He said only one in 20 Denver dispensaries offer delivery services. That’s compared to 80% of stores in Aurora, where the dispensaries can do their own delivery.
Denver delivery driver Michael Diaz-Rivera, owner of Better Days Delivery, said his company would likely not make it without city council intervention. He currently averages about five orders a day, but needs more than a dozen to break even.