An initiative to increase Denver’s marijuana tax to provide funding for pandemic research also failed.
The city will only grant transportation licenses to companies with owners who were charged with cannabis-related crimes or are in poor areas for the next three years.
“We don’t want to make this a regulatory burden, but we need to make these places a harder target,” said a Denver spokesman.
Social Cannabis owner Daniel Morgan was busted with pot in his 20s. Now he could own the city’s first new dispensary since 2016.
The recipient and co-owner of Doobba was convicted of having marijuana about 30 years ago in Missouri. Now, he can deliver the product legally.
But the dispensary can’t offer the service until it hires a licensed cannabis transportation company owned by a “social equity applicant.”
Mile High Medical Cannabis filed a suit defending its lease against a competitor, claiming it conspired with the sublandlords it is already suing over a rent hike.
Amy and Dave Nudelman introduced Joygum to Colorado’s cannabis market in 2018 after 350 tries to create the right formula.
Denver has identified parts of town that already have an “undue concentration” of such businesses. Applicants must also meet a “social equity” criteria.
“I have wanted my own cosmetics company since I was 12 years old and stealing makeup out of my mom’s bathroom, so it was pretty much fate,” said Eossi Beauty co-founder Rochonne Sanchez.