Ballot questions 2A and 2B provide for the taxation of cannabis businesses and allow the City Council to promulgate regulations that would provide for cannabis business licensing. No other elements of the State or local rules for cannabis and cannabis businesses are changed. For example, the following State of Colorado laws remain in effect:
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This City is currently scheduled to begin accepting applications for retail cannabis stores and co-located medical and retail cannabis stores for ten (10) sites starting May 9 at 8 a.m. through June 8 at 5 p.m. Testing facility licenses have been allowed in the City since October 2016.
All cannabis businesses in the state of Colorado require licenses from both the State and the local jurisdiction.
The City allows the following license types: Retail Cannabis Stores, Co-Located Retail and Medical Cannabis Stores, Retail Testing Facilities, and Medical Testing Facilities.
The official State web portal for cannabis regulations in Colorado can be accessed on the State's Marijuana Enforcement Division website.
Questions such as the type of cannabis businesses that may operate, where they may operate, and how many may operate are not determined by ballot measures 2A and 2B; they would be defined in further regulation as may be adopted by City Council.
The City Council is considering an ordinance on May 4 that would allow Regulated Cannabis Stores in the B-1, B-2, C-1, C-2, MU, BP and MX zone districts. The ordinance further includes buffering provisions. As currently drafted, the ordinance provides that no Regulated Cannabis Stores shall be located:
A list of schools and licensed treatment facilities can be found on the City’s Cannabis Licensing webpage.
No. If and when license applications are opened, only those materials submitted with the application would be considered in the licensing review.
No. Measures 2A and 2B affect only marijuana businesses, where products meet the THC threshold of marijuana (0.3% THC). Businesses where cannabis products do not meet that THC threshold are not affected by Measures 2A and 2B.
No. The City will conduct a randomized selection of all qualified applicants.
The passage of 2A and 2B constitutes a new funding source to support enforcement and implementation related to the new cannabis-related businesses that will be coming to the community. Revenue from retail cannabis is also dedicated to build, operate and maintain the highest priorities in the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Master Plan, which was adopted by City Council on January 6, 2021. A summary of the plan, as well as the full plan, can be found on the Parks Recreation Open Space Master Plan webpage.
The PROS plan, driven by community engagement, lays out over $157 million in projects and priorities for the next 8 to 10 years. Since this new revenue stream will take many months to establish, funds for the PROS projects will not be available for several months. The City will follow the regular budgetary process for considering capital projects city-wide, including parks and recreation. Priorities in the PROS plan will be folded into the 2022 budgeting process, as well as subsequent annual budgets, and the new funding source will enable deeper and more rapid progress towards those priorities.