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With Neighboring Communities Like Aurora And Boulder Setting Closing Time At Either Midnight Or 10 P.m., The Measure Will Allow Denver Shops To Start Profiting From Evening Sales And Help Reduce Impaired Driving To Retail Shops In Other Cities, Supporters Argue.

“I’m pleased with 10 p.m., it was a compromise,” Councilwoman Kendra Black said following two hours of discussion which called for amendments and a delay in the effective date of the measure. Council members Christopher Herndon and Deborah Ortega cast the two nay votes over concerns about more access to cannabis. “Does it mean every time we get a colorado marijuana request to push the floodgates open wider and wider, that we need to do that,” Ortega said of allowing dispensaries to stay open until 10 p.m. “We have 218 locations in Denver compared to our neighboring jurisdictions. “As a city we need to be a lot more conscientious of the unintended consequences, especially about the impact on our kids,” she said. The new closing time was a compromise from an original proposal which would have allowed shops to remain open until midnight. State regulations allow medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries to operate between 8 a.m. and midnight, with local municipalities retaining the authority to regulate local store hours. With neighboring communities like Aurora and Boulder setting closing time at either midnight or 10 p.m., the measure will allow Denver shops to start profiting from evening sales and help reduce impaired driving to retail shops in other cities, supporters argue. The city estimates it could see an additional $664,000 to $1.3 million in revenue if every store took advantage of the new hours provided under the measure. Children advocate group Smart Colorado has asked for the measure to be delayed to properly study the impact of the city’s social consumption program.

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