An ordinance extending the hours marijuana businesses can remain open has been passed by Denver’s full City Council.
The council approved the ordinance with an 11 to 2 vote. The new law allows marijuana retail outlets to stay open an additional three hours. Starting May 1st, such outlets must be closed by 10pm; under current Denver regulations, marijuana businesses are prohibited from remaining open past 7pm.
The council rejected amendments to reduce the amount of hours outlets can stay open, including an amendment from Councilmember Chris Herndon that would have prevented marijuana businesses from opening prior to 9am, compared to the current allowed opening time of 8am.
The new ordinance effects all 218 marijuana outlets currently operating throughout Denver.