(DenverPost) The Denver City Council’s marijuana special-issue committee on Monday opted to solicit more input instead of advancing a measure that would extend the city’s pot shop sales to midnight.
By the end of a two-hour meeting, at least two things were clear: The prospect of changing Denver’s current latest closing time from 7 p.m. to allow evening hours is inviting plenty of pushback. Some skeptics are neighborhood advocates who worry about tight street parking and late-night noise and crowds near homes. Also raising concerns is Smart Colorado, a group that advocates for tighter restrictions on legal cannabis to protect children.
But it was equally clear Monday that at least a half-dozen council members — and possibly a majority — support some form of extended evening hours.
When the committee revisits the proposal in coming weeks, it appears more likely that its members will advance a 10 p.m. sales cutoff to the council floor than a midnight closing time.