Denver council moves loosen social marijuana restrictions, despite mayor’s oppositionPosted by On

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.

The law, as approved by voters, only required that the businesses be at least 1,000 feet from schools. But the city administration added a similar requirement for day care facilities, addiction treatment facilities and city recreation…

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