Ordinance Repealing the Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program

In November 2016, Denver voters approved Initiative 300  (“I-300”) to give businesses the ability to apply for a license to allow for adult marijuana consumption in designated areas. Although I-300 was undoubtedly a milestone for cannabis normalization, because of the restrictive nature of the bill, no more than a handful of businesses were granted a Denver consumption license. With the passage of House Bill 19-1230 allowing for state-licensed hospitality licenses, Denver needed to modify its marijuana consumption program to comply with the new state law. The above bill repeals I-300 in its entirety and below is a summary of the ordinance set to replace it.