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Marijuana delivery and cannabis “bars” gain traction in Denver

Next year, Denverites may be able to have marijuana delivered to their homes if the city council adopts a new proposal to regulate delivery services.

On Monday, the Division of Excise and Licenses unveiled drafts of three bills intended to overhaul the local industry and enable more people of color to cash in on a still-booming industry. One, the Ominbus Bill, outlines the framework to launch marijuana delivery within city limits. The other two set the stage for Denver’s hospitality program, which would allow for the opening of businesses where enthusiasts could publicly smoke, eat, vape or otherwise consume cannabis.

One of the bills also removes the cap on how many dispensaries and cultivations may be established in the city, opening up the possibility for new locations for the first time since 2016.

All three bills were crafted through the lens of social equity, said Sarah Woodson, executive director of The Color of Cannabis, an advocacy organization empowering people of color to get into the marijuana industry.

Transporter licenses, required for those looking to do home delivery, will only be available to those who qualify as social equity applicants for the first six years they’re available, as would dispensary and cultivation licenses. Existing dispensaries would be required to contract with a third party for the first three years if they want to do home delivery and are eligible to do it in-house thereafter.