Denver issues first marijuana licenses


On the heels of the Colorado Department of Revenue issuing 348 recreational-marijuana licenses, the city and county of Denver began to take care of its half of things by distributing licenses today.

"Larry Stevenson, the director of safety for the city's Excise and Licenses Department, repeatedly dinged a service bell Friday morning as a Denver licensing official handed the first license across the counter to Shawn Phillips, the owner of the Strainwise chain of stores," wrote John Ingold at the Denver Post. "The handful of people in the licensing office — some of whom had lined up as early as 7:15 a.m. to await the office's 8 a.m. opening — applauded."

The Associated Press reported that eight stores were licensed, as well as a few dozen grow operations and infused-products manufacturers.

"Recreational pot for adults over 21 has been legal in Colorado for more than a year, but retail sales of the drug aren't allowed until 8 a.m. on Jan. 1," the AP wrote. "Washington state, the only other state to allow recreational pot use by adults, plans to have stores open by late spring of next year."

As for efforts to bring RMJ to Colorado Springs, Mark Slaugh with Every Vote Counts tells the Indy that things are moving along.

"I should have poll results back this week or next week," he says. "We just spent about seven grand on polling to see where the public sits with it. And then we have our initiative drafted, so as soon as we see what the results are, and do our second round of fundraising, then we'll see what we can do for getting it through."

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