Denver Council gives initial OK to ease rules for cannabis consumption sites

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The Denver City Council gave preliminary approval to relax rules that require marijuana social consumption businesses to operate at least 1,000 feet from schools, child care facilities, drug and alcohol treatment centers and city recreation buildings.

The proposal – which is expected to jump-start the city’s fledgling social use program and generate new business applications – will trim the distance requirements to 500 feet for all those locations except schools, The Denver Post reported.

The potential policy change comes almost a year after city officials rejected a proposed “cannabis spa and lounge” because the facility was 19 feet too close to a child care facility.

The council’s vote is a preliminary move and will require a final vote at a future council meeting, the newspaper noted.

To read more about the council’s proposal, click here.