On April 24, Denver City Council authorized a three-hour extension of the working day for medical and recreational marijuana shops in the city. This approval will allow cannabis licensees to compete with the businesses of illegal drug traders and the neighboring towns.
Currently, the city closes its retail marijuana stores at 7 p.m., but the extended evening hours will allow pot shops to operate until 10 p.m. beginning May 1. There are 218 retail stores in Denver, most of which are located in the metro area.
Such neighboring cities as Edgewater and Glendale allow selling marijuana for recreational needs until midnight. It is very convenient for customers and provides additional revenue from weed sales.
However, Denver council members consider that it was too late to close a pot shop at 12 p.m., as there were many problems related to parking and traffic at this time. They came to the conclusion that 10 p.m. would be a reasonable compromise between the public concerns and the marijuana industry's request.
The City Council agreed on the change of working hours after long, fierce debates. There were three amendments that implied keeping the sales ban after 7 p.m., including a suggestion from Chris Herndon to cut the operating hours and open pot shops an hour later—at 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m.
However, the majority of council members voted for the extension of pot shop working hours until 10 p.m.
Two out of twelve council members, Herndon and Debbie Ortega, voted against the new closing time.
The members of Smart Colorado, an organization that fights for the protection of children from marijuana, are also not satisfied with the extension of cannabis shop working hours.
So, let us ask Denver residents whether they like it that medical and recreational marijuana shops will operate until 10 p.m.