The bill authorizes the operation of a private marijuana club (club)
only if the local jurisdiction has authorized clubs. A club must meet the
! All members and employees of the club must be 21 years
of age or older;
! A club owner must be a resident of Colorado for at least 2 years prior to owning the club;
! The club’s employees must be Colorado residents;
! The club cannot sell or serve alcohol or food;
! A club owner shall not sell marijuana on the premises; and
! A club owner shall not permit the sale or exchange of
marijuana for remuneration on the premises.
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By: Amy DiPierro BusinessDen Feb 8, 2017
Khalatbari and two of his pizzerias are among five plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state’s revenue department. The group says Initiative 300 trumps the state’s rule. The lawsuit claims Denver’s law went into effect first, and additionally, says the Department of Revenue’s Liquor & Tobacco Enforcement Division doesn’t have the power to regulate marijuana.
The gist of the blowback: scrap Colorado’s regulation.
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It prohibits marijuana consumption at any business that holds a liquor license starting January 1, 2017.
“This isn’t a surprise,” said Mason Tvert, an organizer for Initiative 300. “It’s kind of astonishing that the Department of Revenue is working on behalf of the liquor industry to protect its turf.”
The idea to ban marijuana at bars and restaurants that hold a liquor license was raised by members of the liquor industry this summer during a series of workshops hosted by DOR to review existing regulations, according a press release.
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“Oppose: League of Women Voters of Denver based its opposition to Initiative 300 on our position on Citizen Participation in Government, which advocates for increased opportunities for citizen input into governmental process.”
This ordinance does not include public hearings before a permit is issued or a process for citizens to oppose a permit. Good government process demands input from all interested citizens for good representative results.
The initiative requires approval from only one neighborhood group or business improvement district to issue the permit and does not require prior public posting of a potential permit. Again, this ordinance limits the ability of all citizens to weigh in on the permits.
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As described in the attached report, our audit revealed that OMP is widely considered an important addition to the City that has established strong working relationships between City agencies. However, we found that OMP could increase its efforts for more transparent and collaborative management regarding marijuana tax revenue and marijuana policy.
Through further collaboration with the Budget and Management Office to identify and practice a more transparent method of using marijuana tax revenue, OMP will address community concerns regarding how marijuana tax revenue is used. Further, by strengthening its outreach efforts to the marijuana industry and the community regarding the development and enforcement of marijuana policy, OMP will be consistent with its mission and best practices regarding citizen engagement.
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Thank you to Jordan Person for coming out to tell us about all the signatures her team collected and the work that they did with neighborhood organizations to try and build support for this initiative. Unfortunately the result is that the ballot initiative will not be on the ballot.
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