Some Denver Candidates Open To Relaxed MJ Rules
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Some Denver Candidates Open To Relaxed MJ Rules
Posted by CN Staff on May 04, 2015 at 05:34:10 PT
By Jon Murray and Ricardo Baca, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- Sixteen months after Colorado launched legal recreational marijuana sales, the center of the burgeoning industry in Denver is asking to extend shops' evening closing hours and revisit the outright ban on public consumption.And many City Council candidates in Tuesday's election are receptive  including several with a good shot of winning or proceeding to a runoff.
Industry concerns center on competing with pot shops in neighboring cities that have closing hours later than Denver's 7 p.m. cutoff for both recreational and medical stores. Some in the industry also want to provide tourists with safe, legal places to smoke or consume their purchases, since hotels typically don't allow it in rooms.Some candidates' willingness to consider such concerns reflects an evolution in city politics, even if the industry-desired changes have yet to find favor with Mayor Michael Hancock. "It's great that we seem to have a lot of candidates that are proud of Denver having opted in (to recreational sales), and we have people who are true believers in marijuana policy and are running for office," said Michael Elliott, who leads the Marijuana Industry Group. "At the same time, we're really just looking for people who are going to be thoughtful and responsible, and right now we're seeing a lot of good choices."It hasn't hurt that business owners have talked about their issues with candidates, donated to them and taken them on tours of dispensaries and grow facilities. There also are two candidates with ties to the marijuana industry who are strong advocates: dispensary owner and consultant Kayvan Khalatbari, who is running at large, and pro-marijuana activist and businessman Chris Chiari in District 10.Though most candidates, especially incumbents, remain opposed to loosening public consumption rules, at least six of the 13 seats will change hands in July. The election of some industry-friendly voices could spark increased dialogue about changes. SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: Jon Murray and Ricardo Baca, The Denver PostPublished: May 4, 2015Copyright: 2015 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews   -- Cannabis  Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on May 04, 2015 at 10:17:28 PT
Remember this country wouldn't even allow black people to drink water publicly for 200 years.
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on May 04, 2015 at 07:46:18 PT
Hillary Hedgehog is opposed to freedom!
She is against legalization of the freedom plant. I would not vote for this self entitled rich daddy's girl, woman preditor enabler (stood by her man) who has more skeletons in her closet than Arlington, just because she " always wanted to be president" political prostitute, even if she were for total legalization!She gives me the creeps!
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