Article by Adrian D. Garcia, Denverite
Denver officials are drafting rules now that would allow people to use marijuana in businesses throughout the city.
But it’s “impossible to say exactly how soon permits will actually be issued and how soon any permitted premises will actually be up and running,” Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell recently advised city council members in a memo.
Voters signaled in November they want to try letting people use cannabis in businesses by passing Initiative 300 with 54-to-46 percent of the vote.
The city attorney’s office and excise and licenses department gave an update on implementing Denver’s new social use law Monday during a Special Issues Marijuana Committee meeting. A timeline presented calls for putting out application forms Jan. 21 and finalizing the rules and starting to issue permits in summer 2017.
“I don’t think it’s true we can make any rule we want if it’s silent in the ordinance,” Denver City Councilwoman Robin Kniech said Monday. “Where the ordinance is silent, rulemaking may step in, but there are limits to that rulemaking, which is frustrating the intent of the ordinance.”
Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson said her office is coming up with “a menu of rules and regulations” that would comply with current laws and the intent of the initiative.