City council unanimously approved an ordinance repealing the temporary ban on retail marijuana businesses. Businesses are able to begin the process of obtaining a retail marijuana business license with the city June 2, 2015.
There is no cap on the number of marijuana businesses allowed, but the city has identified specific areas where marijuana operations can exist. In addition to repealing the moratorium, the city is adopting a new licensing program for both medical and retail marijuana businesses and is amending its land development, building, and fire codes to support safe and thoughtful marijuana regulation. To operate legally, marijuana businesses will need to follow the city’s regulations as well as those of the state.
The citywide moratorium, first approved in May 2013 and extended in July 2014, allowed the city an opportunity to review and consider the Department of Revenue’s licensing regulations, the federal government’s response to Amendment 64, and the impact on the community related to the use of recreational marijuana.
The Colorado voter-approved Amendment 64, which passed in November 2012, allows individuals to legally possess a small amount of marijuana. It also provides for retail sales of marijuana to be taxed and licensed like alcohol. Under Amendment 64, local governments may either regulate or prohibit recreational marijuana businesses; any regulation done by local governments would be in conjunction with that done by the state.
For more information about marijuana businesses in Commerce City and information about the licensing process, please visit www.c3gov.com/marijuana.