The City Established A Scoring And Ranking System In 2014  after It Decided To Allow Recreational Marijuana Sales, Awarding Points To Applicants In Different Categories Of Business Expertise And Preparedness.

The two cities use a points-based system as part of their marijuana regulations. Other communities use random lottery drawings (Adams County), establish hard numerical caps on a first-come-first-served basis (Wheat Ridge) or put in place buffer zones (Louisville) to manage the number and location of shops. The points-based ranking systems like those in Aurora and Thornton allows a city to more thoroughly vet business owners and limit licenses to entrepreneurs with solid business medical marijuana plans, adequate financing and clean criminal backgrounds, but inconsistencies in applying those formulas can subject community leaders to accusations of subjectivity, favoritism and fraud. “The problem with a points system is that it’s going to have winners and losers and that opens everything up to scrutiny and litigation,” said Sam Kamin, a University of Denver law professor who is an expert in marijuana law. April 12, 2017 This is how Colorado could help pot shops under a federal marijuana crackdown That is exactly what Stan Zislis, co-owner of Silver Stem Fine Cannabis, alleges in a lawsuit he filed against Aurora after it denied him a license to open a shop near East Colfax Avenue and Tower Road. The city established a scoring and ranking system in 2014  after it decided to allow recreational marijuana sales, awarding points to applicants in different categories of business expertise and preparedness. It limited the number of licenses citywide to 24 — four stores in each of the city’s six wards. The case went before a judge in Adams County on Thursday, who ruled that a number of issues still need to be clarified before the case can proceed to trial. Zislis, whose company has five locations in Colorado and one in Oregon, alleges that Aurora refused to fix a mathematical error that ended up killing his bid for a store in the city. Specifically, he claims that the Aurora Marijuana Enforcement Division (AMED) erroneously rounded up a score in evaluating a competing applicant’s operating plan rather than properly rounding it down. A correct rounding of numbers would have resulted in Silver Stem and the competing applicant getting the same score, but the suit alleges the city “manipulated scores in order to avoid a tiebreaker scenario.” An attorney for Aurora, Carrie Johnson, acknowledged in court Thursday that the city made a mistake — she called it an “unfortunate conundrum” — but she said it couldn’t pull a license it had already awarded to another shop.

To read more visit http://www.denverpost.com/2017/04/27/pot-license-points-aurora-thornton/

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